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September 2013, Issue #173

Contents this Issue:

The John Marsh Journals: Volume II: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828) by Brian Robins (Sociology and Social History of Music Series, No. 9: Pendragon Press)

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity by August Turak (Columbia Business School Publishing, Columbia University Press)

Therapy Breakthrough by Michael R. Edelstein, Richard K. Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele (Open Court)

Running Science by Owen Anderson (Human Kinetics)

From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan and Alice Waters (Spiegel & Grau)

Style, Stitch, Staple: Basic Upholstering Skills to Tackle Any Project by Hannah Stanton (Running Press)

Communication in Humans and Other Animals by Gisela Håkansson and Jennie Westander (Advances in Interaction Studies, Vol. 4: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris by Patricia Engel (Grove Atlantic)

The Purchase: A Novel by Linda Spalding (Pantheon Books)

A Cold White Sun: A Constable Molly Smith Novel by Vicki Delany (Constable Molly Smith Series: Poisoned Pen Press)

Forbidden Harvest by Peter Rizzolo (Create Space, Amazon)

A House Too Small: And Other Stories (Modern Jewish Literature and Culture) by Ezra Hirschmann, with a foreword by Alan Berger (Texas Tech University Press)

Tiger by Thomas Anderson (Osprey Publishing)

Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia (2 volume set) edited by Vicki Smith (Sage Publications, Inc.)

The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global by Larry M. Wortzel (Potomac Books)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Printed (Ferri's Medical Solutions)... by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

Hematopathology: A Volume in the High Yield Pathology Series (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 1st edition edited by Jon C. Aster MD PhD, Olga Pozdnyakova MD PhD and Jeffery L. Kutok MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rapid Review Pathology: With Student Consult Online Access, 4th edition by Edward F. Goljan MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians by Lynn Van Ost PN PT ATC Med (Slack Incorporated)

The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis edited by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay and Robert Ursano (Wiley-Blackwell)

The Psychology of Fatigue: Work, Effort and Control by Robert Hockey (Cambridge University Press)

Enduring Lives: Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action by Carol Lee Flinders (Orbis Books)

Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals edited by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel (IVP Academic)

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah by Ronald Decker (Quest Books)


Arts & Photography / Music / Classical / History & Criticism / Biographies & Memoirs

The John Marsh Journals: Volume II: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828) by Brian Robins (Sociology and Social History of Music Series, No. 9: Pendragon Press)

The extensive journals of the dilettante English composer John Marsh, which cover the period 1752-1828, represent one of the most important musical and social documents of the times. Following the critically acclaimed Journals of John Marsh, Volume I, The John Marsh Journals: Volume II takes readers from Marsh’s 50th birthday in June 1802 up to his death on 31 October 1828. During the first decade of this period, Marsh’s extraordinary drive and enthusiasm for music making and organization showed little sign of abating. Even after his retirement as director of the Chichester subscription concerts, Marsh continued to observe musical and other events in London and the provinces with undiminished interest, providing invaluable insights into the great early 19th century musical festivals in such cities as Birmingham and York. Yet, as with the earlier volume, Marsh’s endlessly inquiring mind is evident in the wide range of topics that continued to excite his interest. Corrected work lists of Marsh’s musical and literary writings are included.

Author Brian Robins, a part-time adult education lecturer, is currently a book and record reviewer for Opera (UK). According to Robins in The John Marsh Journals: Volume II, when Marsh first came to his attention over thirty years ago, he little suspected that he would become a companion, even someone he looked upon as a friend, over a span of time covering nearly half his life. He was a hugely attractive figure: hardworking; assiduous in his practical concern for others; and devoted to his family, especially his sickly wife Elizabeth, yet not without human foibles that include a defense mechanism quick to be triggered. However, it is as an acute observer of the musical and social life of later Georgian and Regency England that Marsh remains of prime value to readers today.

The first volume of the John Marsh Journals included a detailed introduction to the man and his writings. Marsh was born in 1752, the son of a Royal Naval captain. After receiving his education in Greenwich and Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire, Marsh was articled to a solicitor in Romsey, Hampshire. At the conclusion of his apprenticeship he set up as a lawyer, first in Romsey, where he married Elizabeth Brown, then in partnership in Salisbury, at the time an important provincial musical centre, with a major annual festival and a series of subscription concerts. Marsh had a great deal more interest in music than he did in law and became fully involved in the thriving musical life of Salisbury. But in 1781 he inherited an estate near Canterbury in Kent, moving there two years later and taking over the city's less auspicious subscription concerts, which he raised to new standards. Disliking the life of a country gentleman, in 1787 Marsh moved with his growing family to a handsome town house in Chichester, the city that would remain his home until his death in 1828.

From his boyhood Marsh was an assiduous diarist, from 1765 onward faithfully recording often-mundane day-to-day events alongside a record of his manifold musical and other activities. The family memoirs do not appear to have survived, but what Marsh initially referred to as his "History of My Private Life" has been transmitted in two versions. Until 1990 that housed in the University of Cambridge Library was believed to be the sole survivor. Many years ago Robins’ examination of this manuscript clearly suggested that it had been heavily and somewhat clumsily edited, probably by Marsh's son Rev. Edward Garrard Marsh. The quite unexpected emergence of the original version in 1990 would provide conclusive proof that Edward was indeed the editor of the Cambridge version. Either by accident or design, Marsh completed his "History" on his 50th birthday, 11 June 1802, an edited version of which forms the content of The John Marsh Journals, Volume 1.

In the final paragraph of the "History", Marsh promises that at a future date he would "probably continue the narrative & relate what may happen to me after attaining my 50th year in an appendix". He was as good as his word. On 14 January 1803 (a date he penciled in on the inside cover of the first volume) Marsh once again picked up his pen to commence his Appendix, the writing of which he would continue indefatigably until the last entry on 15 October 1828, just two weeks before his death. The Appendix to the "History", the source of The John Marsh Journals: Volume II, differs from the first in one important respect. Whereas the original "History" consisted of the recording of events that had, with the exception of the final five or six years, happened up to as long as thirty-odd years before, the penciled dates that Marsh continued to add at various points in the Appendix show that he was rarely more that four or five months behind with the entries made from his daily diary, which of course was in itself now presumably geared to be an intermediary. The relatively close proximity of the events recorded has both advantages and disadvantages: inevitably the Appendix has a greater sense of immediacy than the "History", but it also allows greater rein for the tendency to prolixity already present at times in the earlier work.

As with the earlier volume, Robins makes no apology for concentrating on the musical content of Marsh's writing. The John Marsh Journals: Volume II is, after all, a volume in a series devoted to the sociology of music. To do so to the detriment of all else would be to give a false picture of a man whose most notable characteristic is his wide range of interests and his fascination with so much that went on around him. That is the essence and abiding attraction of John Marsh.

During the first decade of the new century Marsh's energy and musical activities continued unabated. In the opening pages readers find him in the process of writing two new symphonies to add to the thirty he had already composed. Before the end of the same year (1802) he had added two more. Throughout his 50s he led the Chichester subscription concerts with considerable success; at the close of the 1804-5 season the Sussex Weekly Advertiser drew attention to Marsh's musical accomplishments, noting that "his compositions and skill have long since obtained him the highest estimation for talents the most cultivated and scientific in the musical world". Even allowing for the hyperbole rarely absent from this kind of report at the time, it and other evidence suggests Marsh continued to play a major role rare in provincial music making, particularly for an amateur. Although he hints at giving up his directorship of the Chichester concerts on several occasions, it would be 1813 before he finally did so. By that time the musical world had moved far beyond that of Marsh's subscription concerts. Among family and friends music making continued to feature the music with which the players were comfortable, above all Corelli, Boccherini, Pleyel and of course Handel. Yet characteristically Marsh was by no means averse to new musical experiences. Surprisingly, given his general lack of enthusiasm for Italian opera, he went to several of the earliest London performances of Don Giovanni, and in 1825 attended a performance of Der Freischütz at Covent Garden, the music of which he tells readers he was ‘much pleased with’. But at the end of the same paragraph he also reminds readers that his "taste for theatrical amusements... [was by that time] long over". What never ends is his passion for the big sacred music events at major provincial festivals, which in the early decades of the nineteenth century rapidly grew beyond such traditional events as the Three Choirs and the festivals at Salisbury and Winchester to incorporate the fast developing industrial towns of the north.

As told in The John Marsh Journals: Volume II, Marsh had an inveterate enthusiasm for travel, which even in old age he maintained to an astonishing degree in an era when it remained agonizingly slow and extremely uncomfortable. But he loved his trips on the new-fangled steam packet boats that plied the Thames and elsewhere and how much he would have relished rail travel just a few years later! In 1808 came the long trip to the Wye Valley and Wales, an expedition that would prove Marsh to be a fine travel writer, a talent he had already put to good use in his satirical novel A Tour through some of the Southern Counties of England (1804). Most remarkable of all was the huge trip undertaken in 1819 in the aftermath of the loss of his much loved wife, Elizabeth. Traveling up the eastern side of England and into Scotland, where he visited Edinburgh and Glasgow, Marsh goes as far north as Loch Lomond before returning down the western side of England through the Lake District, Liverpool and Manchester. Further south he just happens to find himself in Hereford at the time of the Three Choirs Festival, before finally returning to Chichester after a nine-week journey of nearly 1400 miles.

Although by no means a wealthy man, John Marsh's generosity and social awareness during his later years entitle him to be called a philanthropist. Marsh was also in the forefront of founding in Chichester a school based on the Lancastrian scheme of education, and a regular donator to a plethora of charities.

The John Marsh Journals: Volume II is an essential companion for those interested in the dynamic social life of Regency and late-Georgian Britain.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity by August Turak (Columbia Business School Publishing, Columbia University Press)

For 1,500 years monasteries all over the world have been call­ing men and women to a life of prayer and work according to the Rule of St. Benedict. The monastic motto ora et labora (‘pray and work’) says that these twin pillars of the monastic life are of equal importance – so much so, in fact, that for a Trappist monk, work is a form of prayer and prayer is a form of work. But while many authors, like Thomas Merton, have taken readers behind the cloister walls to explore monastic prayer, very little has been written about the ‘work’ half of the monastic equation. Similarly, although much has been written about the tremendous intellectual debt that Western civilization owes monasticism for preserving Greek philosophy and drama during the Dark Ages, few have explored the highly successful business methodologies that the monks have preserved and prospered by for centuries.

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks takes a step toward redressing this imbalance by bringing these neglected monastic business secrets to light and sharing them with a wider world. Author August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, for seventeen years. As a frequent monastic guest, he learned firsthand from the monks as they grew an incredibly successful portfolio of businesses. After a corporate career with companies like MTV, Turak founded two highly successful software businesses, Raleigh Group International (RGI) and Elsinore Technologies. Turak's essay "Brother John" received the grand prize in the John Templeton Foundation's Power of Purpose essay contest.

Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition's remarkable business success. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions.

Combining vivid case studies from his thirty-year business career with intimate portraits of the monks at work, Turak in Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks shows how Trappist principles can be successfully applied to a variety of secular business settings and to readers’ personal lives as well. He demonstrates that monks and people like Warren Buffett are wildly successful not despite their high principles but because of them. Turak also introduces other ‘transformational organizations’ that share the crucial monastic business strategies so critical for success.

Nothing in the book denigrates the quantitative approach to business or treats it as something superfluous. As a business execu­tive and entrepreneur, Turak has spent countless hours poring over spreadsheets, flowcharts, research, and ‘the numbers’ generally, and he knows some monks who are second to none in this regard. Yet if one of the purposes of this book is to redress the imbalance between prayer and work in the world's appraisal of monasticism, another is to redress the gross imbalance between the quantitative and qualitative approaches to business.

Turak use the phrase ‘service and selflessness’ to describe the monastic business model throughout Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks, and the key to successfully applying this Trappist model to secular business challenges is authenticity. But while often positioned as the ‘next big thing’ in business, authenticity is nothing new to the monks: Trappist monks have been building authentic businesses, leaders, brands, and products for more than a thousand years. Trappist authenticity shows up in three distinct areas of the monastic way of life and business, and throughout the book. The first is mission, the second is personal transformation, and the third is community. The Trappist commitment to mission, individual transformation, and community are all intertwined; these three elements feed back on each other in a virtuous cycle that produces the business ‘culture.’ It is the critical distinction between an authentic culture and an inauthentic culture that makes all the difference to success. Creating and maintaining an authentic business culture is fraught with difficulty, but how to do it is perhaps the most important thing readers will learn from the monks they meet in Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks. Throughout the book Turak argues that authentic success – whether personal, professional, or organizational is usually only the by-product, the trailing indicator, of serving a mission that is bigger than oneself. The Trappist lesson is that one cannot ‘game the system’ that the monks have to offer. If the goal in reading this book is to find a shortcut to success by merely imitating the monks and their business strategies, readers will find little of value. Above all else the secret to duplicating Trappist success lies in sincerity – or at least a sincere desire to become a more sincere person in every aspect of life.

Turak works hard throughout Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks to apply Trappist principles in a nondogmatic, nonsectarian, and nonreligious way. He believes that that these Trappist secrets will work for readers whether they are believers or not – as long as their hearts are in ‘the right place.’ He believes however there is something to the Trappist business model that transcends any ‘formula,’ no matter how well that formula may be articulated. Trappist monks don't just make success happen; they also let success happen, and this may be the deepest and most profound secret they have to share.

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks is an eye-opening read. August Turak delivers a timely, insightful message about the power of purpose and the surprising ways that service can fuel success. The engaging narrative – which is grounded in Turak's rich, diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and monastic guest – paints a picture of a path to profits that is both pioneering and provocative. – Adam Grant, author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

This book is both quietly provocative and groundbreaking. With great simplicity, August Turak unlocks these monastic 'secrets' that go to the core of succeeding in an economic era in which authenticity and passion have become key. Who knew the monks had so many things right? – Tom Freston, former CEO of Viacom and MTV Networks

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks is sure to be a business classic. It is a compelling and important tutorial on how to build authentically sustainable companies. August Turak's stories and examples are magical, yet the philosophical ideas they're founded on resonate with truth. It is a must read for the thoughtful executive. – Mark Booth, former chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe

This is an eloquent, powerful book that accentuates the power of trust and the surprising gift that selfless leadership can bring to institutions. August Turak expertly shows how Trappist ways and wisdom connect character to the art of leadership, and how this unique approach can be helpful in our current thinking about leadership, business, and the meaning of our own lives. New insights and ancient truth blend in this remarkable book by a remarkable teacher. – Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School and author of Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins

This is an inspirational book that presents a different view of business leadership and success that is important for serious and aspiring business leaders to take into consideration. August Turak also has a narrative voice that is both genuine and authoritative, and he has thoughtfully organized 'take-aways' throughout the book into lists that will be extremely useful for readers. – Lindsay Thompson, John Hopkins University – Carey Business School

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks combines vivid case studies from Turak’s career with portraits of the monks at work. Emphasizing service and selflessness, this innovative book may inspire readers to invite the Trappist magic into their own lives.

Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Self-Help / Philosophy

Therapy Breakthrough by Michael R. Edelstein, Richard K. Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele (Open Court)

More people are in psychotherapy than ever before. Yet most of them have no idea of the vast differences between the hundreds of schools of therapy.

Like no other book readers have ever read, Therapy Breakthrough explains just what goes on in psychotherapy, why there are so many different systems of psychotherapy which disagree with one another, where these different schools of therapy came from, why psychotherapy is continually misrepresented in popular culture, and why, despite all this, psychotherapy gets good results, is improving all the time, and is superior to drugs in helping readers solve their problems.

Therapy Breakthrough is the first book to explain the theories and practices of the two big camps: Psychodynamic (PD) therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral (CB) therapy. PD therapists believe that emotional problems are caused by hidden forces in the unconscious mind, forces that cannot be observed directly and that resist being uncovered. CB therapists, by contrast, maintain that the roots of people’s emotional and behavioral disturbances can be identified by direct questions, and these problems can then be tackled by straightforward techniques. Therapy Breakthrough is written from the standpoint of CB therapy. Using psychological research, philosophy, and common sense, it argues that PD therapy is founded on mistaken theories of the mind, and explains how to apply CB methods directly to personal problems.

Authors are Michael R. Edelstein, Richard Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele. Edelstein is a psychotherapist in San Francisco; Kujoth is a psychotherapist in Urbana, Illinois; and Steele is a writer and author of several books. Edelstein, Kujoth and Steele tell the story of the revolution psychotherapy has undergone over the past sixty years. Beginning with Albert Ellis in the 1950s and Aaron Beck in the 1960s, Cognitive-Behavioral (CB) psychotherapy has been steadily gaining recruits, while old-style (PD) therapy has been losing support.

Therapy Breakthrough informs readers why most therapists sixty years ago were very interested in clients’ dreams and their early childhood, whereas most therapists today are not very interested in those matters – and it explains why, despite this change, most movies, novels, and TV shows, still present psychotherapy as it was sixty years ago.

Prepare to embark on a rollicking yet highly informative journey through the intense world of psychotherapy! In engaging style the authors, who respectfully dedicate their book to the memory of my beloved husband, present much substantial information, as well as making some assertions which may spark healthy controversy. – Debbie Joffe Ellis, Ph.D., co-author (with Albert Ellis) of All Out! (2010) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (2011)

If you have a rational mind – or would like to have one – Therapy Breakthrough will be indispensable in helping you see how Cognitive-Behavioral therapy can be used to make your life happier and healthier. – Warren Farrell, Ph.D., bestselling author of Why Men Are the Way They Are

Therapy Breakthrough is a bold and instantly readable primer on the seismic shift in psychotherapy as seen from within the profession – and a helpful reminder of what is at the core of modern therapeutic techniques. It's also a fun read! – Nando Pelusi, New York clinical psychologist and contributing editor for Psychology Today

Therapy Breakthrough is aimed at thoughtful people who want to understand what psychotherapy is all about, how effective it might be, how it has changed, and why. It is also aimed at therapists and counselors who will find some fascinating bits of information about what psychotherapy is and where it came from. Assuming no prior knowledge of psychology or psychotherapy, the authors give an entertaining, witty, and clear account of the way different psychotherapists think. The book makes a strong case for the scientific and practical superiority of Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.

Health & Fitness / Sports / Running

Running Science by Owen Anderson (Human Kinetics)

More than 50 years ago, New Zealand's Arthur Lydiard started using terms like base training, periodization, and peaking. His U.S. counterpart, Bill Bowerman, brought Lydiard's term for what until then had been called roadwork, or jogging, to the States. Soon after, the 1970s running boom started, spurred by exercise-advocating research from the growing fields of exercise science and sports medicine and from enthusiasts.

The pace of knowledge enhancement and innovation has been so brisk through the years that even highly informed runners could be excused for not keeping up, but no longer. Running Science is a one-of-a-kind resource containing:

  • An extensive yet comprehensible repository of running research.
  • A wealth of insights distilled from leading sport and exercise scientists, coaches, and runners.
  • Detailed technique and tactic guidelines gleaned from the best running coaches, sport scientists, and runners themselves.
  • An array of authenticated and highly recommended training principles and programs.
  • A compilation of all this objective, science-based running knowledge in a single resource.

Owen Anderson presents Running Science, a comprehensive work, in a compelling way for runners. A PhD and coach himself, Anderson has both enthusiasm for sharing what scientific studies offer the running community and a sense of what's really important for today's informed runners to know. Anderson is the founder of Lansing Sports Management, which coaches elite athletes from Kenya and manages their international competitions; the race director of the annual Lansing Marathon, Lansing Half Marathon, and Ekiden Relay; hosts running camps throughout the U.S., including the Lansing Marathon Running Camp in Thetford Center, Vermont; and is also the CEO of Lansing Moves the World.

Anderson says that thanks to brilliant and innovative research, we have learned that endurance runners do have nervous systems after all, and that the nervous system plays a profound role in determining the success or failure of both training and competition. The nervous system can create fatigue and regulate running pace during endurance training and racing via what is now termed the anticipatory regulation of exercise performance through effort perception. The understanding of the nervous system's role has not only shaken up exercise physiology but has also had a dramatic impact on the training of endurance runners, as readers will come to understand in Running Science.

Part of the revolution concerns fatigue itself. Originally thought to be a simple phenomenon related to intramuscular lactic acid, fatigue is now linked with nervous system functioning along with a whole complex of physiological factors. The search for the origins of fatigue during running is an important one: When fatigue is understood, the optimal mode of training to limit that fatigue and thus to optimize performance can be researched and implemented.

As a scientist, Anderson says he loves the fact that an understanding of running performance is approachable via the scientific method and that running science has provided so many valuable clues about optimal training. Thanks to research, runners and coaches now understand how changes in the volume, intensity, and frequency of training impact the key performance variables, including neural drive, vVO2max, running economy, lactate-threshold velocity, resistance to fatigue, and maximal running speed. They know which running speeds are best for various types of training and which forms of strength training have the largest positive effect on performance.

Thanks to the establishment of the anticipatory regulation model of fatigue, they also know what to do when extreme tiredness strikes during races: Turn up neural drive instead of turning down speed in response to a perceived crisis in the muscles. With confidence and understanding, runners and coaches can now properly answer key questions such as: How fast should my work intervals be run today? How many miles should I cover in my long run? How should I set up my overall training program? Answers to these questions and others are in the book.

Running Science is organized in a unique way. Beginning with a look at the genetics of running performance and the biomechanics of running in parts I and II, it then proceeds to describe the physiological factors that are important for performance (part III). The next unit (part IV) covers different training methods, and part V outlines key variables, such as volume, frequency, and intensity, and offers an overview of recovery techniques, periodization, and strength training. Part VI explores training for optimizing performance variables, and part VII explains the molecular basis of training. Part VIII discusses how to prepare for popular race distances. The closing sections of Running Science address a number of key issues, including the prevention of running injuries and the health benefits of running (part IX); nutritional supplements, proper eating for running, and weight control (part X); and psychological strategies linked with top performance and even the addictive aspects of running (part XI).

Running Science is a one-of-a-kind resource, up-to-date, comprehensive, compelling, and science based.

Home & Garden / Biographies & Memoirs / Business & Economics / Health & Safety / Outdoors & Nature / Environment

From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan and Alice Waters (Spiegel & Grau)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing the nation’s relationship to food. Now a leader in the sustainable food movement, Nolan shares her story in From the Ground Up, helping readers understand the benefits of organic gardening – for the environment, and for their health, wallets, families, and communities. From the Ground Up chronicles Nolan’s journey as she returned to Chicago seventeen years later, disillusioned with communal life, to her parents’ suburban home on the North Shore as a single mother with few marketable skills. Her mother suggested she plant a vegetable garden in their yard, and it grew so abundantly that she established a small business planting organic gardens in suburban yards. She was then asked to create an organic farm for children at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and she soon began installing gardens around the city – on a restaurant’s rooftop, in school yards, and for nonprofit organizations. Not only did she realize that practically anyone anywhere could grow vegetables on a small scale but she learned a greater lesson as well: rather than turn her back on mainstream society, she could make a difference in the world. The answer she was searching for was no further than her own backyard.
In this account, which combines her fascinating personal journey with the knowledge she gained along the way, Nolan helps readers understand the importance of planting and eating organically – and provides practical tips for growing one’s own food.

The joy of From the Ground Up is not Nolan’s own happy ending but rather the illuminating way she applies her vision to practical problems.... The hardest memoir to write is the one that is honest but not self-obsessed; Nolan accomplishes this with clarity and poise. – Jane Smiley, Harper’s
By bravely sharing her personal journey in this remarkable book, Jeanne Nolan gives each of us a gift – one that has the power to motivate us to pursue the values we believe in, to free ourselves from convention, to be better parents, and to accept the love of family and community – however we define those.
From the Ground Up resonates powerfully with me, as a gardener, and inspires me to ‘double dig’ my garden bed. But even readers who keep their fingernails clean will benefit from this beautiful story and powerful message. – Sophia Siskel, president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden
I didn’t expect that a book about the food movement would turn out to be a can’t-put-it-down page-turner, but that’s just what From the Ground Up is. Jeanne Nolan’s personal journey is a richly observed saga set against the broad landscape of social and ecological change, and spurred by a reawakened awareness about the food that must sustain us. – Bill Kurtis, television journalist and founder of Tallgrass Beef

To garden well is to question, to wonder, to believe, to hope, and to love. The same is true for living well. All this and more comes through in the story of Jeanne Nolan's quest to find her place in the world. Her book reinforced my beliefs about the power of a garden to heal, and opened my eyes to so much more. There is something to touch everyone along the way of this remarkable journey. – Suzy Bales, author of Down-to-Earth Gardener

We talk of `farm to table' but not of `child to garden.' Growing and harvesting your first vegetables stays in your memory and on your palate forever. Jeanne Nolan inspires us all to establish a truer connection to our food. I have never been more excited to get my hands dirty! – Art Smith, author of Art Smith's Healthy Comfort

Sometimes a garden is just a garden, but not for Jeanne Nolan. In From the Ground Up, she gives us a deeply personal account of finding her path in life through building urban gardens – and in Chicago, no less. Anyone with an interest, from casual to professional, in creating urban food systems and communities – or eating homegrown fresh vegetables – will be moved and inspired by her story. – Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

Jeanne Nolan's story is about not only how seeds sprout, but how our own lives can blossom in the most unanticipated and beautiful ways. Although I've been thinking about the importance of food my entire professional life, Jeanne Nolan's captivating book has helped me think about its role in our lives in an entirely new way, one that gives me hope we may someday solve the problems of hunger and scarcity. If there's ever been a book about how to change the world while changing your own life, From the Ground Up is it. – Bill Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength

The earth – particularly the garden as our portal to it – is our wisest teacher. And Jeanne No­lan's captivating, beautifully written memoir-cum-gardening guide overflows with lessons learned and stories of honesty, insight, healing, and hope. Plus, the appendix unexpectedly, concisely, and brilliantly summarizes the essentials we all need to know for successfully growing our own organic vegetables. – Rick Bayless, chef and owner of Frontera Grill and host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time

A moving story for everyone who’s ever dreamed of growing the food they eat. With the message that we can create utopias in our very own backyards and rooftops, From the Ground Up can inspire each of us to reassess our relationship to the food we eat.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Style, Stitch, Staple: Basic Upholstering Skills to Tackle Any Project by Hannah Stanton (Running Press)

DIY-ers, to the chairs!

Now anyone crafty can learn how to revitalize an entire living room with Hannah Stanton's new upholstery guide, Style, Stitch, Staple. Upholstering can seem daunting to beginners, but Stanton's straightforward techniques and advice create an accessible approach to home design. Stanton is an award-winning, London-based designer and upholsterer.

Readers learn how to choose and style fabrics to transform even the most dilapidated furniture into gorgeous updated pieces. Unlike existing upholstery books that target aspiring or professional upholsterers but provide little guidance for the novice, Style, Stitch, Staple makes it easy to update furniture with some tools and a few yards of fabric. Readers learn all about:

  • Frame stripping
  • Measuring & cutting
  • Adding a zipper
  • Tufting, webbing, and piping
  • Slipcovers

Tutorials are accompanied by illustrations that teach readers these new skills – which can be applied to any item of furniture.

Style, Stitch, Staple combines straightforward upholstery techniques with advice on choosing and styling fabrics. Divided into four sections, this book is the go-to-guide for sewers, designers, artists, and other creative folk.

The book's three main sections include:

  • The Basics. A guide to the essential tools and materials needed for home upholstery.
  • Working with Fabrics. Advice on working with fabric (including selecting fabrics, matching fabrics with furniture, and fabric care).
  • Upholstery Techniques. Detailed step-by-step tutorials ranging from quick makeovers to webbing, tufting, springing, and stuffing.

The fourth section provides information on resources. Alongside the techniques are case studies of projects by contemporary upholsterers; before-and-after photos show the original salvaged pieces alongside the stunning results. The upholsterers explain in detail how they tackled the pieces, providing inspiration for readers’ next projects.

Style, Stitch, Staple is an ideal guide for all creative decorators looking to give their home that unique, personalized, and utterly stylish look. Accompanied by colorful and easy-to-follow illustrations, this book gives shabby furniture a new lease of life.

Humanities / Linguistics / Communication

Communication in Humans and Other Animals by Gisela Håkansson and Jennie Westander (Advances in Interaction Studies, Vol. 4: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Communication is a basic behavior, found across animal species. Human language is often thought of as a unique system, which separates humans from other animals. Communication in Humans and Other Animals serves as a guide to different types of communication, and suggests that each is unique in its own way: human verbal and nonverbal communication, communication in nonhuman primates, in dogs and in birds. Research questions and findings from different perspectives are summarized and integrated to show students similarities and differences in the rich diversity of communicative behaviors.
A core topic is how young individuals proceed from not being able to communicate to reaching a state of competent communicators, and the role of adults in this developmental process. Evolutionary aspects are also taken into consideration, and ideas about the evolution of human language are examined.

In Communication in Humans and Other Animals, Gisela Håkansson, a linguist at Lund University, and Jennie Westander, a biologist at Parken Zoo/Linkoping University, join forces to bring together studies of communicative behavior in different species. They note that there is a large body of studies of social behavior and communication, but they have not been compiled and presented within the same framework before. They present research on communicative functions, communicative forms and communicative development. They bridge the gap between linguistics and biology and discuss communication within one coherent framework. This gives a unique perspective on communication including a broad spectrum of species.

An important point of departure is the shift of paradigm from the signaler­message-receiver perspective to a dynamic and interactive view of communication, expressed both in linguistics and in biology. This shift opens up for a new way to compare human and animal communication. Comparisons will be on more equal terms when the focus of interest is not on how the message is created ‘in the head’; but on how meanings are created in the context of interaction – since researchers can observe the interaction, but don't know what is ‘in the head’ of other species.

In the initial chapter of Communication in Humans and Other Animals Håkansson and Westander introduce some of the central issues generally discussed in studies of communication in humans and animals. Such comparisons often have the human language as starting point and compare communicative systems of other species to verbal language of humans. However, this does not necessarily imply that they see human language as the ‘best’ way of communication, but simply that it is the system that they know best. The book describes communicative systems as they are, but the authors also comment on evolutionary aspects, giving glimpses showing the richness in the communicative systems of different species.

The chapters in Communication in Humans and Other Animals are organized as follows. The introductory chapter gives a general idea of the main topics and how research in linguistics and biology can be combined to form a unified view of the area. Chapter 2 gives a short outline of general biological signal systems, with the respective sensory channels as points of departure. Chapter 3 deals with human verbal language and language acquisition. Chapter 4 treats human nonverbal communication. After that, there are three chapters presenting communication in some selected species: nonhuman primates (Chapter 5), dogs (Chapter 6), and birds (Chapter 7). Håkansson and Westander have chosen species where there are many studies on communicative behavior, which results in both homologous comparisons (humans and nonhuman primates share a common origin) and analogous comparisons (dogs and birds share some behaviors with humans). All chapters follow the same general outline, starting with communicative functions, then communicative channels and forms of expression. Where there is data on development, Håkansson and Westander focus on how individuals proceed from not being able to communicate to reaching the state of competent communicators. The final chapter, Chapter 8, of Communication in Humans and Other Animals provides a synthesis of communication in humans and other animals, where findings from different perspectives are integrated and evolutionary aspects are taken into consideration.

This is a fascinating text, which bridges the gap between human and non-human communication. – Per Jensen, Linkoping University

Communication in Humans and Other Animals is a rare book that successfully bridges the gap between human and animal communication studies, doing justice to both areas.... This would be an eminent choice of textbook for a course on comparative communication, with students coming from either linguistics, ethnology, or communication science. – Sverker Johansson, Jonkoping University

This welcome addition to the textbook literature gives a thorough introduction to the evolutionary basis for human language, and also gives a foundation for understanding the biological metaphors that are increasingly used in various branches of linguistics. – Jan-Olov Svantesson, Lund University

The cross-disciplinary nature of Communication in Humans and Other Animals makes it useful for courses in linguistics, biology, sociology and psychology, but it is also valuable reading for anyone interested in understanding communicative behavior.

The glossary helps students of different disciplines understand basic concepts in biology and linguistics. And the book will inspire readers to read more.

Literature & Fiction

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris by Patricia Engel (Grove Atlantic)

Patricia Engel’s collection of stories, Vida, quickly established her as one of the country’s best young writers, winning praise from Junot Díaz, Uzodinma Iweala, Francisco Goldman, and others. It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, her first novel, is a wistful narrative about an American girl in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance.
In It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, Lita del Cielo, the daughter of two Colombian orphans who arrived in America with nothing and made a fortune with their Latin food empire, has been granted one year to pursue her studies in Paris before returning to work in the family business. She moves into a gently crumbling Left Bank mansion known as “The House of Stars,” where a spirited but bedridden Countess Séraphine rents out rooms to young women visiting Paris to work, study, and, unofficially, to find love.
Cautious and guarded, Lita keeps a cool distance from the other girls, who seem at once boldly adult and impulsively naïve, who both intimidate and fascinate her. Then Lita meets Cato, and the contours of her world shift. Charming, enigmatic, and weak with illness, Cato is the son of a notorious right-wing politician. As Cato and Lita retreat to their own world, they soon find it difficult to keep the outside world from closing in on theirs. Ultimately in It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, Lita must decide whether to stay in France with Cato or return home to fulfill her immigrant family’s dreams for her future.

‘We'll always have Paris,' lovers of this glorious city have been saying this to each other ever since Humphrey Bogart uttered those words in Casablanca. We rediscover a modern and eclectic Paris in Patricia Engel's astonishing first novel, a story as grand and dazzling as its setting, yet as intimate and powerful as a love story that just won’t quit. – Edwidge Danticat
Engel approaches her love affair without florid prose or salacious encounters. Instead, she installs her shy, serious protagonist, Lita del Cielo, in a Parisian boarding house ... lets her slowly fall for the quiet son of an infamous politician, and pits her new life abroad against her old one at home in the U.S. It's heady and cool approach brings real substance to the summer fling while making it an antidote to the usual seasonal fluff. – Time Out New York
(Summer Reads List)

It's a classic case of star-crossed lovers. Yet Engel's remarkable, razor sharp prose transforms this banal situation into a wholly unique and tender conflict. Her evocative descriptions authenticate the couple and their emotions, preserving the delicate balance between innocence and rebellion... A compassionate read that honors all that should be treasured about those intense first experiences. – Booklist, starred review

Has an appealing fairy tale quality ... Engel has a knack for showing how Paris’s charms are both real and always verging on cliché. – Publishers Weekly
Unpredictable and touching ... Warm, quirky and intelligently observed. A bonus is [Engel's] wonderful evocation of Paris – if you haven’t been lucky enough to spend a year learning to love that glorious city (or if you have and want a vivid reminder), this bright and charming novel is the next best thing to a visit. – Tampa Bay Times
The number one reason you need to read this novel is to experience Engel’s writing.
It's Not Love, It's Just Paris is wry, melancholy, enchanting, seductive, and downright delectable. I savored every single page. – BookRiot
This story is not only for those who have been to Paris, but also for those who have ever felt like outcasts and hoped for a haven. The writing is honest, the characters real, and the ending not-so-predictable. For anyone who has ever been to Paris or has ever suffered in love,
It's Not Love, It's Just Paris is about finding a home away from home, finding yourself, and finding amongst all the distractions of obligation where your true passions reside. – The Thursday Review
Lots of readers have wanted to know what Engel would write after her arresting debut,
Vida, a PEN/Hemingway finalist. And here it is, an enticingly written work. – Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Informed by Engel's own experience of living in Paris for a year, It's Not Love, It's Just Paris is a spellbinding love story, a portrait of a Paris caught between old world grandeur and the international greenblood elite, and an exploration of one woman's journey to distinguish honesty from artifice and lay claim to her own life.

Literature & Fiction / Historical

The Purchase: A Novel by Linda Spalding (Pantheon Books)

In The Purchase, a provocative and starkly beautiful novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the only available workers and where the family's values and beliefs are sorely tested.

In 1798, Daniel Dickinson, recently widowed and shunned by his fellow Quakers when he marries his young orphan servant girl Ruth Boyd to help with his five small children – from Mary, the headstrong eldest, to the babe Joseph – moves his shaken family down the Wilderness Road from Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley to the Virginia/Kentucky border.

When Daniel, a staunch abolitionist, inexplicably bids on the 13-year-old slave, the purchase has many unfortunate effects. Daniel becomes the owner of a young boy named Onesimus, setting in motion a twisted chain of events that will lead to tragedy and murder, forever changing his children's lives and driving The Purchase to an unexpected conclusion.

The book introduces freedom, consequence, and the hand of providence as themes. Onesimus befriends Mary and another slave, Bett, who is terrorized by her own master's nightly visits. When Bett gets pregnant, the lives of Mary, Bett, Bett's son, and her master, Jester Fox, become linked by both love and tragedy. Daniel struggles to maintain his faith; his young wife, Ruth, must find her own way; and Mary, his eldest child, is bound to a runaway slave by a terrible secret.

The award-winning author of The Purchase, Linda Spalding, is editor of the literary magazine Brick. This novel received Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction.

One of the finest historical novels in recent years. – The National Post

With mesmerizing prose echoing the bleak environment, Spalding demonstrates how one snip of a people's moral fabric can cause their values to unravel.... A harrowing and moving saga with stunning evocations of day-to-day life, herbal medicine, and the meaning of freedom in early America. – Booklist

… Throughout the 15-year span of the novel, the Dickinson family is transformed by their disparate ambitions, though Spalding (Daughters of Captain Cook) struggles to fully develop characters in a book with a large cast. References to Virgil and the Old Testament imbue Spalding's raw, powerful writing with some hope that every human success simply requires faith, but the bleak story lacks enough space to process the endless supply of tragedy. – Publishers Weekly

With meticulous yet seamless attention to historical detail, Linda Spalding transports the reader to eighteenth-century Virginia in her mesmerizing novel…. The Purchase is in epic novel in every way that matters – in scope, depth, and heart. – Jury Citation, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
The Purchase, one man's unsettling betrayal of his own moral code creates unforeseen ripples that sweep over multiple generations. Thanks to Spalding's compassion and the singular brilliance of her narration, this transfixing novel weaves a tale that is both intimate in nature and, ultimately, huge in scope. – Gil Adamson, author of The Outlander
A poised and moving novel about the indignities of slavery and the moral stain at the inception of the American republic. The astonishing historical detail never detracts from the poignancy of the characters or the compelling narrative, which quickly swells into a drama of blood, betrayal and belonging. –
Caryl Phillips, author of A Distant Shore
The Purchase is as engrossing as it is partly because it is set in a time, the dawn of the 19th century, and a place, the frontier society of slave-owning Virginia, where bad judgment could very easily prove fatal. [Readers] will find themselves immersed in a powerful mood, a feeling of something dark and brooding and yet bracing, in one of the finest historical novels in recent years. – Philip Marchand, The National Post
The Purchase, Spalding places a contemporary spin on the traditional novel of the antebellum South: Frontier adventure meets plantation romance meets slave narrative – and to haunting effect ... It reads like a disturbing dream imbued with the power of myth. – Donna Bailey Nurse, The Toronto Globe and Mail 
A complex and engaging novel that is Hardy-esque in its examination of the consequences of the purchase of a young African man ... a powerful novel of personal tragedy that ends in a hopeful way. –
Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

This powerful novel is a spellbinding narrative of sacrifice and redemption set in a tiny community on the edge of the frontier. Darkly evocative, The Purchase is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life. Its memorable characters, drawn with compassion and depth, are compellingly human, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

A Cold White Sun: A Constable Molly Smith Novel by Vicki Delany (Constable Molly Smith Series: Poisoned Pen Press)

In A Cold White Sun, the latest in the Constable Molly Smith Series, it's the end of March and Trafalgar, British Columbia, is preparing for the last skiers for the season. Schools are closed and the residents are ready to relax at home or head off on vacation. But for Cathy Lindsay, the week of relaxation doesn't work out as planned. She's gunned down by a sniper, her small dog the only witness. Cathy is a middle-aged, middle-class, small town high school English teacher, and married mother of two: an unlikely candidate for a murderous ambush. Why would anyone want to kill Cathy?

On the surface, Cathy was a perfectly unremarkable person. On closer examination, the police discover that her personal life was a baroque mess of infidelity and unrequited crushes; they can't even rule out the possibility that some overwrought, entitled student (or parent) killed her after receiving a bad grade. Most disturbing is the possibility that Cathy was not personally targeted, that her life can offer no insight into her death, and that the police are helpless to prevent her murderer from striking again.

Sergeant John Winters, with the help of young Constable Molly Smith, digs deep into the Lindsay marriage and friendships, searching for a motive, but one thought continually niggles at the back of his mind: is it possible this was not a random killing but a case of mistaken identity?

Author Vicki Delany, having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, is settling down to the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch. A Cold White Sun is sixth in her Constable Molly Smith series.

A Cold White Sun places Vicki Delany's marvelous storytelling on full display. Delany's formidable Canadian sleuth, Molly Smith, pits her skills against an ice-cold killer, just as her personal life heats up. I love this series! – Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Through the Evil Days

Though Molly flirts with danger, Delany (More than Sorrow, 2012, etc.) sticks to her usual formula, though this time, the simultaneous motivation yet randomness of the killer’s actions are hard to swallow. – Kirkus Another brisk whodunit in a beautiful western Canadian setting with an appealing protagonist in Molly, whose personal life gets as much attention as her professional one. – Booklist

[T]he author’s quietly competent sketch of police work in a small town will keep readers turning the pages. – Publishers Weekly

Part of an addictive series, A Cold White Sun keeps fans guessing until the end.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers / Medical

Forbidden Harvest by Peter Rizzolo (Create Space, Amazon)

Following his medical internship, author Peter Rizzolo served as a Naval Submarine Medical Officer. He then practiced family medicine for fifteen years before joining the full-time staff at the Hunterdon Medical Center as director of the residency training program in Family Medicine. In 1978 he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. After retiring as Professor of Family Medicine in 1996, he has pursued his interest in literature and creative writing, writing five novels, a memoir, several short stories and a collection of children’s stories.

His medical thriller, Forbidden Harvest, stars two feisty but desperately ill, teenagers: Link, who survives a heart attack before turning 13, and Marty, a cancer patient who made it through a below-the-knee amputation but learns her cancer has come back. Both Link and Marty enliven the corridors of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Seattle. Aware how slim their chances of survival are, they buoy up each other’s spirits. Marty, 15 going on 30, studies drama when she’s well enough to go to school; she brings that into Link’s hospital days.

When does a hero become a villain? In Forbidden Harvest, Dr. Kenneth Bernholtz, distinguished pathologist at Children’s Memorial is deep into preservation of organs for transplant. Bernholtz, a bachelor in his 60s, has made his life’s work saving children needing a heart, liver, kidney or lung. He has perfected a method of extending the life of a harvested animal heart from six to twenty-four hours. If his method is successful using human organs, it has the potential of saving the lives of thousands of children.

But when Bernholtz attempts to replicate his animal experiments using human organs, the hospital, in the midst of a major building campaign and under pressure from outside protestors, rejects his proposal. Bernholtz’s frustration leads him to risk his career and reputation. He removes cadaver organs at autopsy without hospital or parental permission. He uses some to continue his research and others he sends to a nearby hospital where Saudi children await donor organs. Only the hospital medical director, Dr. Gamal Faysal knows that some of the organs used in his hospital are illegally obtained. Unknown to Bernholtz, Faysal is extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the parents of the children who receive transplants at his hospital. Bernholtz’s clandestine activities become complicated when his godson, Link needs a new heart to survive.

Despite his family’s loving attention and efforts, Link is failing. Link’s father, Tom Bradshaw and his grandmother, Lydia, are growing increasingly desperate. Lydia begs Bernholtz, with whom she had a romance in their youth, to do whatever he must to save her only grandchild.

In Forbidden Harvest Marty, as she awaits chemotherapy, drops in on Link daily. She enlists Link in a scheme to sneak into the morgue and watch an autopsy. The teenage conspirators call it “Operation Skyhawk.” Then Marty tells her young doctor that she hid in the morgue and saw Bernholtz remove organs that he didn't have permission to harvest. With a little sleuthing he determines Marty is indeed correct. He confronts Bernholtz, who pleads with him not to expose his activities until he is able to procure a heart for Link – whose time is running out.

Peter Rizzolo brings both his medical knowledge and deep compassion to this thoughtful and moving novel, skillfully written and deeply engaging throughout. His real and complex characters come to life on the page, giving his readers a deeper understanding of these timely issues that touch all our lives. – Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

Peter Rizzolo has written one hell of a story of medical and legal intrigue and the tender but tricky labyrinth of the human heart. The characters are wonderfully drawn – you can step right into them. Pitch-perfect details put the surgeon's knife in your hands and the lawyer's wit in your head. This novel is a terrific read. Get into it, and you will not put it down. – Walter Bennett, author of Leaving Tuscaloosa

In Peter Rizzolo's new medical thriller, Dr. Ken Bernholtz is deep into preserving human organs for transplant. When the hospital where he has spent his exemplary career cancels his experiments, Bernholtz takes the law into his own hands. This fast-paced novel features multi-dimensional characters, intricate action, plus a surprising romance. Forbidden Harvest reveals what goes on behind the scenes, from operating room, to the morgue, to the courtroom. – Charlotte Hoffman, editor and writer

Forbidden Harvest dramatizes the ethical and moral issues related to organ transplants. Readers get a realistic glimpse of what goes on all around the hospital, from the emergency room to the recovery room to the morgue.

Literature & Fiction / Short Stories / Genre / Jewish

A House Too Small: And Other Stories (Modern Jewish Literature and Culture) by Ezra Hirschmann, with a foreword by Alan Berger (Texas Tech University Press)

Each of these carefully crafted stories offers a discrete angle of vision concerning events that occurred during the Shoah and their ongoing repercussions. These include grappling with issues of restitution, recollection of Nazi cruelty, the continued existence of gratuitous violence, and instances of Gentiles helping Jews. Read together, these self-contained stories provide insight into the emotional and physical lives of those living in the Shoah’s dark aftermath. – Alan Berger, from the foreword

Stories of life and death, revenge and healing, and the lingering effects of the Holocaust are told in A House Too Small. The author, Ezra Hirschmann, born and educated in South Africa, practiced law for many years. Widely traveled and having lived in a number of countries, he resides in Florida and works as an international legal counsel.

In this unique collection of short stories, the central link is the profound impact of the Holocaust on the lives of first and subsequent generation survivors. Each story has roots in World War II, but all end in the present. Extending into Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, the stories demonstrate that the shards of Holocaust evil are scattered far and wide and that the passage of time may, or may not, bring closure. The characters are diverse, from the fragile and frail to the courageous in the face of brutality. Through the unfolding of events long after their traumatic occurrence, some protagonists are relieved of their debilities, while others are rendered desperate by them.

This stunning collection of stories makes a significant contribution to post-Holocaust literature. At a time when the memory of the Holocaust is receding in the collective consciousness of the world, it is all the more imperative to keep alive the reality of the atrocities of the Holocaust. A House Too Small is part of a lively and urgent burgeoning of post-Holocaust literature that has gained considerable momentum in the decades surrounding the new millennium. – Victoria Aarons, O.R. & Eva Mitchell Endowed Chair in Literature at Trinity University

Some things happened and are not true and some things are true but never happened. Ezra Hirschmann’s writings bring forth a truth that can best be found in fiction. I was moved. I was touched. I was impressed. I am grateful! – Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics, American Jewish University

May these stories lodge deep in our minds and hearts, and linger in our souls. – Sister Mary Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary

For readers interested in post-Holocaust literature, the damaged human condition, and family sagas, A House Too Small is a must. Reaching far beyond events that concluded in 1945, the book carries the aftermath of the Shoah forward, deftly unfolding its powerful personal consequences through remembrance, forgiveness, retribution, tragedy, intrigue, devotion, and redemption.

Military / World War II

Tiger by Thomas Anderson (Osprey Publishing)

The Tiger was one of the most feared tanks of World War II. Dominant on the battlefields during World War II, the Tiger also became one of the most recognizable tanks in history, due to its massive bulk and impressive firepower.

Mechanically more advanced than virtually all the opposing Soviet and Allied machines, the Tiger was built with some of the thickest armor of any tank in service during World War II. Armed with the powerful 8.8cm KwK L/56 gun, which had superior range and firepower, the Tiger was to dominate the many tank battles of the Eastern Front, the North African deserts and during the Blitzkrieg in Western Europe.

Although manufactured in relatively small numbers, the Tiger tank continues to fascinate military enthusiasts nearly 75 years after the type entered service. Tiger is a comprehensive, illustrated history using original German archival material, interviews with surviving veterans of World War II and previously unpublished images to reveal the history of the Tiger tank.

In Tiger, Thomas Anderson, an authority on German armored fighting vehicles, brings the story to life, from the original design and development to a number of variants produced using the Tiger chassis. He examines the widely accepted view that the Tiger was over-engineered, difficult to manufacture and unreliable in service but was built in significant enough numbers to have a momentous effect on combat with Soviet and Allied tanks. Anderson provides a detailed study of the mechanical operation of the Tiger, as well as the armor, armament and ammunition that made the type such a feared weapon on the battlefield. Illustrated throughout with never-before-published images, and including details from original Tiger manuals and World War II interviews with World War II Panzer veterans, Tiger is a unique history of the most famous tank ever produced.

Anderson is an expert on German Armored Fighting Vehicles of World War II. He has spent decades trawling the archives throughout Germany and the rest of Europe to discover little known facts and never previously published photographs of the might of the Blitzkrieg. A modeler, he regularly contributes to popular modeling and historical magazines across the globe including Military Modelcraft International (UK), Steel Art (Italy), Historia Militar (Spain) and Batailles & Blindes (France) as well as many others. He has previously published a three-volume history of Sturmartillerie/Sturmgeschutz in German which is due for release in English in the next year.

Overall this book is highly recommended: it's not just another Tiger book, it's a volume that deserves to be on everyone's bookshelf. – Military Modelcraft International

Serious Tiger fans will want to add this to their collection, with its original reports and first-hand accounts it makes for interesting reading. – Military Modelling

A comprehensive volume, Tiger provides a unique history with interesting black-and-white images from World War II never seen before. The reproductions from German and even Russian training manuals are eye popping.

Politics & Social Sciences / Sociology / Anthropology / Encyclopedias / Reference

Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia (2 volume set) edited by Vicki Smith (Sage Publications, Inc.)

The simple act of going to work every day is an integral part of all societies across the globe. It is an ingrained social contract: we all work to survive. But it goes beyond physical survival. Psychologists have equated losing a job with the trauma of divorce or a family death, and enormous issues arise, from financial panic to sinking self-esteem. Through work, we build our self-identity, our lifestyle, and our aspirations. How did it come about that work dominates so many parts of our lives and our psyche? Sociology of Work is a multi-disciplinary encyclopedia covering curricular subjects that seek to address that question, ranging from business and management to anthropology, sociology, social history, psychology, politics, economics, and health.
Features include international and comparative coverage. In Sociology of Work, 335 signed entries, A-to-Z, fill 2 volumes in print and electronic formats. Cross-References and Suggestions for Further Readings guide readers to additional resources. A Chronology provides students with historical perspective of the sociology of work.

In the electronic version of Sociology of Work, the comprehensive Index combines with the Cross-References and thematic Reader’s Guide themes to provide robust search-and-browse capabilities. The editor, Vicki Smith is professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. The two volumes have 311 contributors.

According to Smith in the preface to Sociology of Work, virtually everyone around the globe is affected by the contemporary social and material organization of work. For most people today, holding down a job is not optional, and many adults spend the majority of their waking hours clocked in at their jobs. People depend on employment systems for wages, security, and opportunities in the form of training and skill acquisition. In the United States, people depend on employment for health benefits as well, setting America apart from countries that provide universal health care to their citizens.

Work, jobs, and careers have considerable power to shape the quality of everyday life. For some people, jobs and careers are sources of meaning, reward, dignity, identity, and community. For others, they are merely a means to an end, sites of alienation and discouragement that must be endured in order to earn a paycheck. Sociologists are unanimous in their view that work organizations – their practices, missions, policies, cultures, and control strategies – contribute to inequitably distributed social and economic outcomes for diverse populations of labor force participants. Thus, the degree to which people experience their work as gratifying and rewarding varies by factors such as social status, race, ethnicity, gender, class, immigration status, and education, to name a few.

In the United States and most advanced industrial societies – the focus of Sociology of Work – work and work organizations are remarkably heterogeneous. They vary cross-nationally yet similar patterns characterize work institutions in market economies. Work organizations range from being small and informal to having hundreds of thousands of employees and a high level of bureaucratization and formalization. People traverse career ladders inside formal organizations but they also construct careers and jobs external to them. They labor both inside and outside the formal economy. They produce things and knowledge, and they affect customers' emotions and embodied experiences. Some are positioned in the upper reaches of corporate hierarchies, overseeing huge budgets, complex projects, and large workforces, while many labor in the middle or at the bottom of such hierarchies, following the commands issued by those at the top.

According to Smith, early pioneers in the discipline of sociology, including Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Emile Durkheim, all recognized the centrality of work in modern society. All three social theorists were concerned about the ways in which industrialization reconfigured economic institutions and relationships. All three also believed that the troubling dynamics of markets and industrial organizations spread far beyond the confines of the factory walls or of bureaucracies.

Moving into the 21st century, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim's belief that work is core to the human experience continues to be relevant. Sociology of Work takes up this and many other issues. The goal of the volumes is to identify the numerous factors, at both the macro- and micro-levels, that create, sustain, and characterize work organizations and social relations. It uses a wide-angle lens to examine how state and federal institutions regulate treatment of workers while zooming in on topics like viewing gossip as an interactional force that binds workers together every day in their jobs. Its scope is as broad as occupational segregation (the systematic and widespread division of distinct groups of workers into different jobs) and as fine-grained as the social significance of office cubicles. It broadly theorizes about workplace culture and explores distinct empirical strands of culture, such as the design of fun workplaces, the premium on face time, and the expression of identity through displaying family photos in one's workspace.

By presenting causal explanations for and identifying effects of structural arrangements and practices, readers can better understand important policy issues including, "How has immigration changed employment practices?"; "With discrimination having been outlawed by federal legislation, why do we continue to see evidence of workplace-generated race, ethnic, and gender inequality?"; "What would have to change to encourage more workers to take advantage of family supportive policies?"; and "How has industrial and economic restructuring affected family life in the United States and other advanced industrial economies?"

It is both descriptive (providing data on important outcomes such as job segregation, the wage gaps between women and men and between whites and people of color, unemployment, changing household demographics, and wage inequality more generally) and analytical (presenting theories and explanations for the processes that create those outcomes, such as the job queuing theory; feminization of work; homosocial reproduction; statistical, institutional, and direct discrimination; and organizational mechanisms of inequality). In other words, Sociology of Work covers the gamut of institutions, practices, processes, cultures, and policies that explain trends in work, labor force participation, and employment relationships.

Thematic contributions: Aside from this agenda, Sociology of Work also makes six thematic contributions to the sociology of work. First, many of these entries incorporate critical gender and race analyses. Understanding race, ethnic, and gender stratification (and stratification based on sexual orientation) is one of the most pressing agendas faced in a diverse, multicultural society. Work plays a singular role in creating social inequality in contemporary society – access to certain types of jobs, benefits, and protections. Many of the entries in this volume explain how this has happened over time and shed light on structural arrangements, cognitive biases, organizational mechanisms, and organizational cultures that systematically serve to include some subpopulations in ‘better’ jobs and keep other subpopulations out of them.

Sociology of Work has these perspectives:

  • Historical perspective.
  • Households and families.
  • New developments.
  • Social movements.
  • Micro- and macro-level structures.

The sociology of work is a vibrant field of scholarship. The implications of work and its social and material organization reach far beyond the walls of the factory floor, the office, the fast food restaurant, or corporate headquarters. As a field of inquiry, it encompasses a wide and deep range of phenomena: from unrelenting globalization processes that change industries and people's lives with breathtaking speed to direct sales organizations in which economic profit is built on one small interaction at a time; from the contours of the 24/7 economy to human trafficking and slavery; from the emergence of post-Fordism to distinct consumption practices; and from resisting degradation to having fun on the job. Broad and comprehensive in scope, both descriptive and analytical, Sociology of Work will be helpful to everyone striving to understand these vastly diverse and complex dimensions of the contemporary world of work.

Politics & Social Sciences / World / Current Events / Global Policy

The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global by Larry M. Wortzel (Potomac Books)

China has evolved from a nation with local and regional security interests to a major economic and political power with global interests, investments, and political commitments. It now requires a military that can project itself around the globe to secure its interests. Therefore, as Larry M. Wortzel explains in The Dragon Extends its Reach, the Chinese Communist Party leadership has charged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with new and challenging missions that require global capabilities.
Advances in technology and the development of indigenous weapons platforms in China, combined with reactions to modern conflicts, have produced a military force very different from that which China has fielded in the past. Wortzel presents a sobering picture of the PLA’s modernization effort as it expands into space and cyberspace, and as it integrates operations in the traditional domains of war.

Wortzel spent much of his thirty-two-year military career in the Asia-Pacific region, including two tours of duty as a military attaché in China. He served as director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and, after retirement, as Asian studies director and vice president at the Heritage Foundation. For over a decade he has been a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

In 1988, Wortzel says, he was a U.S. Army major on his way to China to assume the position of assistant army attaché at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. One step in the preparation for this assignment was to attend a conference on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) that featured some of the best-known and established experts on the Chinese military in academia, the foreign policy community, and the U.S. government. At the conference, a highly experienced scholar painted a view of the PLA as a military that lacked the capability ‘to be anything more than a nuisance.’ China's military equipment was characterized as obsolete, and its ability to operate beyond its borders was described as minimal. Even then it struck him that this characterization was wrong.

To address how the PLA is developing and just how far it has come toward becoming a global military power, The Dragon Extends its Reach draws on China's own military literature to outline how the PLA describes its own future. It also examines Communist Party documents and statements from CCP leaders. In writing this book, Wortzel also draws on a series of monographs he developed for the U.S. Army War College, as well as his personal experience in China. Wortzel, having spent much of his life studying the history of the PLA, incorporates into this book how the organization sees itself. The Chinese armed forces have their own unique military culture, the product of starting out as an insurgent guerrilla force. After World War II, as the PLA transformed itself from a collection of guerrilla bases and columns into a large maneuver army, it quickly adapted itself to a different form of warfare, incorporating weapons it had captured from the Japanese and from Nationalist (Guomindang) forces. The book explains how that history and military culture affect the PLA today and the lessons the PLA takes from its own history.

Chapter 1 is the introduction to The Dragon Extends its Reach and to the People's Liberation Army. It explores China's expanding global interests as a major world power with economic interactions and investments in every hemisphere.

Chapter 2 examines the creation of a nationwide and increasingly global C4ISR structure for the PLA. All subsequent chapters of The Dragon Extends its Reach take the developments in C4ISR and explain how they affect other domains of war and the arms and services of the PLA.

Chapter 3 explores China's naval modernization and its security policies in the maritime domain. This chapter examines new ships and systems (e.g., submarines, the aircraft carrier program), the approach China is taking to the areas in the East China Sea and South China Sea where Beijing claims sovereignty, and concepts being explored by China's strategists to secure distant sea lines of communication.

Chapter 4 explores the transition from an air force that focused primarily on coastal and land air defense to one with expanding global reach. It discusses concepts of offensive and defensive air operations and how aerospace activities are becoming integrated with ground, naval, and other military capabilities.

The ground forces of the PLA are the focus of chapter 5. This chapter examines regional contingencies for which the ground forces could be called upon, especially in Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

Chapter 6 discusses the modernization of the strategic missile forces and the integration of both conventional and nuclear missiles into the Second Artillery Corps (another name for the strategic missile forces). It also explores the uses of cruise missiles as strategic weapons and how short-range missiles affect Taiwan and Japan. Finally, chapter 6 examines the debate inside China over the utility of adhering to the CCP's stated ‘no-first-use’ policy on nuclear weapons.

The PLAs concepts for and approach to space warfare has been debated in the United States, Japan, and Europe since China intentionally shot down one of its own satellites in a test in January 2007. Chapter 7 discusses space policy, concepts such as space control, and the use of satellites for reconnaissance and communications. The chapter also explores PLA doctrine for the integration of space and cyberwarfare into its military operations.

Chapter 8 of The Dragon Extends its Reach discusses the PLAs approach to modern information warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum. What seemed to be an anachronism in the PLA, the General Political Department and its political commissars, is the topic of chapter 9.

Chapter 10, the concluding chapter, discusses what to expect from China's military and its political doctrine over the next two decades, as well as how the PLAs modernization affects international security and military affairs. It examines where the PLA has made large strides in its evolving military development and where it falls short of its own objectives. The chapter also discusses the implications of PLA developments for the United States and makes a few suggestions on U.S. responses to China's military development.

This book is both important and timely. As we collectively endeavor to understand China’s trajectory, Dr. Wortzel provides us with unique insights into the capabilities of the PLA, as well as the role they are likely to play in decision making going forward. He sheds a great deal of light on an otherwise opaque military. This is a significant contribution to the policy making community and a ‘must read’ for current and aspiring China Hands. – Richard L. Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, and president, Armitage International
This comprehensive and thorough study by a seasoned PLA watcher shows how China’s emerging capabilities in space, cyberwarfare, strategic missiles, and other advanced technologies are laying the foundation for its rise as a global military power. As China’s worldwide economic interests grow in breadth and depth, this careful and realistic assessment of China’s parallel military capabilities deserves close attention among all who are contemplating how the United States should configure its national security goals ahead. – Alice L. Miller, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The title says it all:
The Dragon Extends its Reach is a masterwork of research and review about the recent past and a superb delivery of prognostication regarding what is arguably the single most important geopolitical nation-state on the face of the earth, especially in the context of its potential impact on global security and specifically on the security of the United States. All government leaders, generals and admirals, intelligence professionals, captains of industry, and every citizen who cares about our relationship with the People’s Republic of China should read every sentence of this book. – Lt. Gen Patrick M. Hughes, US (Ret.), and president, PMH Enterprises LLC
Larry Wortzel has written an indispensable guide to the People’s Liberation Army. It is especially strong using Chinese sources, from ancient military strategists to the current chief scientist for cyber security at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. While he sometimes gives the PLA the benefit of capabilities about which I have doubts, his judgments on the gap between the PLA’s reach and its grasp are balanced. A strength of the book is its treatment of the many important components of the PLA beyond ground, air, and naval forces – space, information, and electronic warfare; the general political department; and rocket forces. Those newly interested in the PLA can do no better than to start with this book, and we longtime PLA-engagers can also test our knowledge and learn by reading it. – Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence and commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Command

The Dragon Extends its Reach puts China’s military growth into historical context for readers of recent military and diplomatic history. Wortzel presents a clear and sobering picture of the PLA’s modernization effort. The book will appeal to specialists in security and foreign policy issues in Asia as well as to those interested in arms control, future warfare, and global military strategies. The book has sufficient military and technical rigor to make it useful to professional military personnel and students of strategy and warfare inside government, in academia, and in the policy or intelligence community. However, its target audience is broader than that. By putting military doctrine into the context of China's history and of the PLAs military culture, the book also serves the student of military sociology and military history. It explains how some of China's military doctrine and developments affect foreign affairs and U.S. interests, making it useful to students of foreign affairs.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Family & General Practice / Reference

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Printed (Ferri's Medical Solutions)... by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

A volume which has enjoyed tremendous success in its previous editions, Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 provides an effective way to access current diagnostic and therapeutic information on more than 700 common medical conditions. Fred Ferri's popular ‘5 books in 1’ format provides quick guidance on menorrhagia, Failure to Thrive (FTT), Cogan's syndrome, and much more. Now featuring expanded online components, it makes the answers clinicians need for their family practice easier to find.

With Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 clinicians are able to:

  • Rapidly find the answers they need with separate sections on diseases and disorders, differential diagnosis, clinical algorithms, laboratory results, and clinical preventive services, plus an at-a-glance format that uses cross-references, outlines, bullets, tables, boxes, and algorithms to expedite reference.
  • Review normal values and interpret results for more than 200 lab tests.
  • Improve their family healthcare practice's efficiency with cost-effective referral and consultation guidelines.
  • Identify and treat a broader range of disorders, including renal and epidural abscess and cardio-renal syndrome, with 23 new topics in the Diseases & Disorders section.
  • Improve their interpretation of presenting symptoms with 39 new topics in the Differential Diagnosis section, and optimize patient care with 12 new tables in the Clinical Practice Guidelines section.
  • Get the insurance billing codes they require for their family healthcare practice with ICD-9-CM codes, to expedite insurance reimbursements.
  • Access full-color images and 65 online-only topics, as well as online-only contents including EBMs, Suggested Reading, Patient Teaching Guides, and additional algorithms.

Editor-in-chief Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, is clinical professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence. The book has 9 section editors and a whopping 291 contributors.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 is divided into five sections and an appendix, each with emphasis on clinical information. Sections include:

I           Diseases and Disorders

II          Differential Diagnosis

III        Clinical Algorithms

IV        Laboratory Tests and Interpretation of Results

V         Clinical Practice Guidelines

Each section has been significantly expanded from prior editions, bringing the total number of medical topics covered in this volume to more than 1000. Nearly 500 new illustrations and tables have been added to this new edition to enhance recollection of clinically important facts. The use of ICD-9CM codes in all the topics will expedite claims submission and reimbursement.

Section I of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 describes in detail more than 700 medical disorders. Twenty-five new topics have been added to the 2014 edition. Each medical topic in this section is arranged alphabetically, and the material in each topic is presented in outline format for ease of retrieval. Topics with an accompanying algorithm in Section III are identified with an algorithm symbol (ALG). Similarly, if topics also have a Patient Teaching Guide (PTG) available online, this has been noted. Several new PTGs have been added to the 2014 edition. Throughout the text, key quick-access information is consistently highlighted, clinical photographs are used to further illustrate selected medical conditions, and relevant ICD-9CM codes are listed. Most references focus on current peer-reviewed journal articles rather than outdated textbooks and old review articles. Evidence-based medicine data have been added to relevant topics.

Topics in Section I of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 use the following structured approach:

1.      Basic Information (Definition, Synonyms, ICD-9CM Codes, Epidemiology & Demographics, Physical Findings & Clinical Presentation, Etiology)

2.      Diagnosis (Differential Diagnosis, Workup, Laboratory Tests, Imaging Studies)

3.      Treatment (Nonpharmacologic Therapy, Acute General Rx, Chronic Rx, Disposition, Referral)

4.      Pearls & Considerations (Comments, Suggested Readings)

5.      Evidence-Based Data and References

Section II includes the differential diagnosis, etiology, and classification of signs and symptoms. This section has been significantly expanded for the 2014 edition with the addition of 41 new topics. It is a practical section that allows the user investigating a physical complaint or abnormal laboratory value to follow a ‘workup’ leading to a diagnosis. The physician can then look up the presumptive diagnosis in Section I for the information specific to that illness.

Section III includes clinical algorithms to guide and expedite the patient's workup and therapy. Twenty-five new algorithms have been added for the 2014 edition. Many physicians describe this section as particularly valuable in today's managed-care environment.

Section IV includes normal laboratory values and interpretation of results of commonly ordered laboratory tests. By providing interpretation of abnormal results, this section facilitates the diagnosis of medical disorders and further adds to the comprehensive, ‘one-stop’ nature of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014.

Section V focuses on preventive medicine. Information in this section includes recommendations for the periodic health examination, screening for major diseases and disorders, patient counseling, and immunization and chemoprophylaxis recommendations.

The Appendix has been divided into five major sections. Section I contains extensive information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The material in this appendix should lessen the current scarcity of exposure of allopathic and osteopathic physicians to the diversity of CAM therapies. Section II focuses on nutrition with emphasis on dietary supplements, vitamins, and minerals. Section III deals with diagnosis and treatment of acute poisoning. Section IV, available online, contains an extensive section on primary care procedures. Section V contains several patient teaching guides not linked to Section I topics.

Clinicians realize the importance of patient education and the need for clear communication with patients. Toward that end, practical patient instruction sheets, organized alphabetically and covering the majority of the topics in Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 are available online and can be easily customized and printed from any computer. All of them have been updated, and several new ones have been added to the 2014 edition. They represent a valuable addition to patient care and are useful for improving physician-patient communication, patient satisfaction, and quality of care.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014 is a state-of-the-art, one-stop information system with significant differences from existing texts. The volume’s user-friendly approach, numerous unique features, and yearly updates make this book a valuable medical reference, not only to primary care physicians but also to physicians in other specialties, medical students, and allied health professionals. It is a clear and concise reference for physicians and allied health professionals providing a fast and efficient way to identify important clinical information, offering practical guidance in patient management.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Hematology / Reference

Hematopathology: A Volume in the High Yield Pathology Series (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 1st edition edited by Jon C. Aster MD PhD, Olga Pozdnyakova MD PhD and Jeffery L. Kutok MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians come to recognize the classic look of hematologic diseases and are able to quickly confirm they diagnoses with Hematopathology: A Volume in the High Yield Pathology Series. A templated format, color photographs, authoritative content, and online access make this a useful reference for busy pathologists.

With Hematopathology clinicians are able to:

  • Find information quickly with a templated, easy-to-reference format and concise, bulleted text.
  • Confirm their diagnoses with color photographs that demonstrate the classic appearance of the full range of hematologic diseases – both benign and malignant – including immunodeficiency-associated lymphoproliferative disorders, such as AIDS; disorders of coagulation; bone marrow failure syndromes; and all of the different types of leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Depend on authoritative information from leading pathologists.
  • Access the full text online, perform quick searches, and download images.

Editors are Jon C. Aster, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Olga Pozdnyakova, MD, PhD, Instructor, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Associate Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Jeffery L. Kutok, MD, PhD, currently Senior Director, Biology and Translational Research, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cambridge, formerly Associate Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hematopathology has 16 contributors.

High-Yield Pathology, with access to ExpertConsult, is a new series of pathology textbooks providing quick reference for the busy pathologist and student.

According to the preface, the study and practice of hematopathology require appreciation of not only morphology but also the clinical, laboratory, and molecular bases of hematologic disorders. Only by considering all of these features is it possible to arrive at the correct diagnosis. With this in mind, Hematopathology integrates morphology with other key diagnostic findings in a diverse collection of benign and malignant hematologic disorders. The features that define each entity are presented as bulleted lists to facilitate easy access to information while working or teaching at the microscope.

Hematopathology has a number of relatively unique features. Numerous chapters are focused on the morphologies (particularly the peripheral blood smear findings) of infectious disorders and other ‘benign’ hematologic conditions. These entities are given short shrift in most hematopathology reference books, but they increasingly come up in the differential diagnosis of patients in this age in which international travel has become routine. The editors pair classic images with up-to-date molecular data, presented in a concise fashion in order to allow readers to have this information at their fingertips whenever it is needed.

Contents of Hematopathology with authors of the chapters include:



  • α-Thalassemia – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • β-Thalassemia – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok


  • Sickle Cell Disease – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Hemoglobin C Disease – Nicole Pecora and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Hemoglobin E Disease – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Heinz Body Hemolytic Anemia – Diana Mandelker


  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency – Diana Mandelker and Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Sideroblastic Anemia (Congenital and Acquired) – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok


  • Hereditary Spherocytosis – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Hereditary Elliptocytosis (HE) and Related Disorders – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok


  • Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia (CDA) – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok



  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) – Nicole Pecora and Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) – Nicole Pecora and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Folate and B12 (Cobalamin) Deficiency – Michael G. Drage and Jeffery L. Kutok

C. Toxins

  • Lead Toxicity – Michael G. Drage and Jeffery L. Kutok
  • Hematologic Complications of Alcoholism – Michael G. Drage and Jon C. Aster


  • Traumatic Hemolysis – Diana Mandelker


  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) – Olga Pozdnyakova and Jeffery L. Kutok


  • Metastatic Lesions in Bone Marrow Biopsies – Benjamin J. Chen
  • Gaucher Disease – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Storage Disorders: Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Red Cell Aplasia – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Parvovirus Infection – Elizabeth A. Morgan


  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome – Diana Mandelker
  • Gray Platelet Syndrome – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • May-Hegglin Anomaly – Diana Mandelker
  • Pelger-Huet Anomaly – Diana Mandelker and Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Malaria – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Babesiosis – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • African Trypanosomiasis – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Chagas Disease – Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (UP)/ Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) – Elizabeth A. Morgan


  • Aplastic Anemia – Benjamin J. Chen



  • Tuberculosis and Mycobacterial Lymphadenopathy – Andrew G. Evans
  • Cryptococcal Lymphadenitis – Olga Pozdnyakova and Andrew G. Evans
  • Histoplasmosis – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Candidiasis – Olga Pozdnyakova and Andrew G. Evans
  • Infectious Mononucleosis – Andrew G. Evans
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection – Andrew G. Evans
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Lymphadenitis – Mark Stonecypher
  • Toxoplasmosis – Andrew G. Evans
  • Syphilitic Lymphadenitis – Vinodh Pillai


  • Sarcoidosis – Andrew G. Evans
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Lymphadenopathy – Andrew G. Evans
  • Rheumatoid Lymphadenopathy – Andrew G. Evans

Castleman Disease

A. Hyaline Vascular Variant – Andrew G. Evans

B. Multicentric/Plasma Cell Variant – Andrew G. Evans

  • Foreign Body Lymphadenopathy – Olga Pozdnyakova and Benjamin J. Chen
  • Dermatopathic Lymphadenopathy – Andrew G. Evans
  • Non-Specific Lymphadenopathy – Andrew G. Evans


  • Rosai-Dorfman Disease – Olga Pozdnyakova and Dick G. Hwang
  • Erdheim-Chester Disease – Olga Pozdnyakova and Dick G. Hwang
  • Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (Primary and Acquired) – Olga PozdnyakovaI



  • B Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Lymphoma (B-ALL/LBL) – Jon C. Aster and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • T Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Lymphoma (T-ALL/LBL) – Jon C. Aster and Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma – Emily E.K. Meserve and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • B-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia – Vinodh Pillai
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia – Vinodh Pillai
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia-Variant – Vinodh Pillai
  • Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma – Winston Y. Lee and Svetlana Kondratiev

Extranodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma

A. Extranodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma of Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue

(MALT Lymphoma) – Winston Y. Lee and Svetlana Kondratiev

B. Cutaneous Marginal Zone Lymphoma – Christopher P. Elco

  • Nodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma – Winston Y. Lee and Svetlana Kondratiev
  • Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma – Michael G. Drage
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma – Winston Y. Lee and Svetlana Kondratiev
  • Follicular Lymphoma – Olga Pozdnyakova and Svetlana Kondratiev
  • Primary Cutaneous Follicle Center Lymphoma – Christopher P. Elco
  • Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) – Emily E.K. Meserve
  • Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL), Not Otherwise Specified (Including with Chronic Inflammation) – Emily E.K. Meserve
  • B-Cell Lymphoma, Unclassifiable, with Features Intermediate between Diffuse Large
  • B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) and Burkitt Lymphoma – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • T-Cell/Histiocytic-Rich Large B-Cell Lymphoma – Emily E.K. Meserve
  • B-Cell Lymphoma, Unclassifiable, with Features Intermediate between Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (CHL) – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Primary Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) of the CNS – Emily E.K. Meserve
  • Primary Cutaneous Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Leg Type – Christopher P. Elco
  • EBV-Positive Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) in the Elderly – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) – Mark Stonecypher and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Intravascular Lymphoma – Vinodh Pillai
  • Plasmablastic Lymphoma – Benjamin J. Chen
  • Large B-Cell Lymphoma Arising in HHV-8-Associated Multicentric Castleman Disease (MCD) – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Primary Effusion Lymphoma and Related Entities – Benjamin J. Chen
  • ALK+ Large B-Cell Lymphoma – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova

C. PLASMA CELL NEOPLASMS – Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance – Olga Pozdnyakova

  • Plasma Cell Myeloma – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Plasmacytoma – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Immunoglobulin Deposition Diseases – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Osteosclerotic Myeloma – Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Mycosis Fungoides – Christopher P. Elco
  • Sezary Syndrome – Christopher P. Elco

Primary Cutaneous CD3O* T-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disorders

A. Lymphomatoid Papulosis (LYP) – Christopher P. Elco

B. Primary Cutaneous Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) – Chris P. Elco

  • Primary Cutaneous yS T-Cell Lymphoma – Christopher P. Elco
  • Primary Cutaneous CDB+ Aggressive Epidermotropic Cytotoxic T-Cell Lymphoma, 1 – Christopher P. Elco
  • Primary Cutaneous CD4+ Small/Medium T-Cell Lymphoma, 1 – Chris P. Elco
  • T-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia, 1 – Emily E.K. Meserve and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • T-Cell Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia (T-LGL), 1 – Mark Stonecypher
  • Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma, Not Otherwise Specified – Benjamin J. Chen and Dick G. Hwang
  • Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma – Benjamin J. Chen and Dick G. Hwang
  • Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, ALK+ – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, ALK- – Olga Pozdnyakova

EBV-Positive T-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disorders of Childhood

A. Systemic EBV-Positive T-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disease of Childhood – Benjamin J. Chen and Dick G. Hwang

B. Hydroa Vacciniforme-Like Lymphoma – Benjamin J. Chen and Dick G. Hwang

  • Adult T-Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL) – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Enteropathy-Associated T-Cell Lymphoma (EATL) – Benjamin J. Chen and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Subcutaneous Panniculitis-Like T-Cell Lymphoma – Christopher P. Elco


  • Extranodal NK/T-Cell Lymphoma – Emily E.K. Meserve and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Aggressive NK-Cell Leukemia – Winston Y. Lee
  • Chronic Lymphoproliferative Disorder of NK Cells – Olga Pozdnyakova


  • Nodular Sclerosis Type – Winston Y. Lee
  • Mixed Cellularity Type – Winston Y. Lee
  • Lymphocyte-Rich Type – Winston Y. Lee
  • Lymphocyte-Depleted Type – Winston Y. Lee
  • Nodular Lymphocyte-Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma – Winston Y. Lee



  • HIV Lymphadenitis – Olga Pozdnyakova and Svetlana Kodratiev
  • HIV-Associated Lymphoproliferative Disorders – Emily E.K. Meserve and Svetlana Kodratiev


  • Early, Polymorphic, Monomorphic, and Hodgkin Types – Benjamin J. Chen


  • Overview of Primary Immunodeficiency-Associated Lymphoproliferative Disorders – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS) – Benjamin J. Chen



  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – Mark Stonecypher
  • Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia (CNL) – Mark Stonecypher
  • Polycythemia Vera (PV) – Mark Stonecypher and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) – Mark Stonecypher and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF) – Michael G. Drage and Vinodh Pillai
  • Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia (CEL) – Mark Stonecypher and Ben J. Chen
  • Mastocytosis – Mark Tonecypher and Olga Pozdnyakova



  • Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia – Vinodh Pillai
  • Atypical Chronic Myeloid Leukemia – Vinodh Pillai and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) – Mark Stonecypher


  • Refractory Anemia with Unilineage Dysplasia – Vinodh Pillai and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Refractory Anemia with Ring Sideroblasts – Vinodh Pillai and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Refractory Cytopenia with Multilineage Dysplasia – Vinodh Pillai
  • Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts (RAEB) – Vinodh Pillai and Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) with Isolated del(5q) – Vinodh Pillai


  • AML with t(8;21)(g22;g22); RUNX1/ RUNXIT7 – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with inv(16) (p13.1q22) or t(16;16)(p13.1;q22); CBFB-MYH11 – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with t(15;17) (q22;q12); PML-RARA – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with t(9;11) (p22;q23); MLLT3-MLL – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with t(6;9) (p23;q34); DEK-NUP214 – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with inv(3) (g21 g26.6) or t(3;3)(g21;g26.2);
  • RPN I -EVI I – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) (Megakaryoblastic) with t(1;22)(p13;g13); RBM15-MKL1 – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with Mutated NPM1 – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with Mutated CEBPA – Olga Pozdnyakova


  • AML with Minimal Differentiation – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) without Maturation – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with Maturation – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Monoblastic Leukemia – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Monocytic Leukemia – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Erythroid Leukemia, Erythroid/Myeloid Subtype – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Erythroid Leukemia, Pure Erythroid Leukemia Subtype – Olga Pozdnyakova
  • Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia – Olga Pozdnyakova



I. MYELOID SARCOMA – Olga Pozdnyakova and Mark Stonecypher




  • Histiocytic Sarcoma – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis – Olga Pozdnyakova and Dick G. Hwang
  • Langerhans Cell Sarcoma – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Interdigitating Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Indeterminate Dendritic Cell Tumor – Elizabeth A. Morgan
  • Fibroblastic Reticular Cell Tumor – Elizabeth A. Morgan


  • Thymoma – Jon C. Aster
  • Thymic Carcinoma – Jon C. Aster

Hematopathology is an ideal reference; its easy-to-use, templated format helps clinicians find information quickly, and its excellent color photography make identification quick and accurate. This authoritative volume includes many unique cases provided by the colleagues of the editors. It will serve as a useful resource for general pathologists, hematopathologists, and pathology trainees alike.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Review

Rapid Review Pathology: With Student Consult Online Access, 4th edition by Edward F. Goljan MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rapid Review Pathology, by Edward F. Goljan, MD, makes it easy for students to master the pathology material covered on the USMLET Steps 1 and 2. It combines an updated outline-format review of key concepts and hundreds of full-color images and margin notes, plus more than 400 USMLET-style online questions.

Goljan serves as Professor and Chair of Pathology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He is a renowned lecturer and well-published author who has won a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Award in Pathology from the Oklahoma State Osteopathic Society.

With Rapid Review Pathology clinicians are able to:

  • Review all the information they need to know with a user-friendly, two-color outline format that includes High-Yield Margin Notes and Key Points.
  • Practice for the USMLET with the included access to online USMLET sample questions and full rationales.
  • Profit from the guidance of Dr. Goljan, a well-known author of medical review books, who reviewed and edited every question.
  • Visualize key pathologic concepts and conditions with over 1,000 full-color images, completely reviewed and updated for this edition.
  • Take a timed or practice USMLET test, access rationales for why each answer is right or wrong, and link to other Rapid Review books they have purchased.

The most substantial changed in the fourth edition include a new chapter entitled “Diagnostic Testing,” more images, updated management of key diseases, more integration with the basic and clinical sciences, and more tables to summarize information, particularly in microbiology.

Chapters in Rapid Review Pathology include:

  1. Diagnostic Testing
  2. Cell Injury
  3. Inflammation and Repair
  4. Immunopathology
  5. Water, Electrolyte, Acid-Base, and Hemodynamic Disorders
  6. Genetic and Developmental Disorders  
  7. Environmental Pathology
  8. Nutritional Disorders
  9. Neoplasia
  10. Vascular Disorders
  11. Heart Disorders
  12. Red Blood Cell Disorders
  13. White Blood Cell Disorders
  14. Lymphoid Tissue Disorders
  15. Hemostasis Disorders
  16. Immunohematology Disorders
  17. Upper and Lower Respiratory Disorders
  18. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  19. Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disorders
  20. Kidney Disorders
  21. Lower Urinary Tract and Male Reproductive Disorders
  22. Female Reproductive Disorders and Breast Disorders
  23. Endocrine Disorders
  24. Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Disorders
  25. Skin Disorders
  26. Nervous System and Special Sensory Disorders

APPENDIX Formulas for Calculations of Acid-Base Disorders

Each chapter is packed with information. As well as the bullet-point formatted text, the authors frequently use non-fussy, two-tone tables to provide more in-depth information on single topics... In conclusion, this book is a 'high-yield', 'rapid review' of pathology packed with information in a well-presented, concise format. I would recommend it to final year students or junior doctors as a revision tool. – The Bulletin, October 2010, Review of the 2nd edition

Rapid Review Pathology provides a high-yield, rapid review of pathology in a concise format. Students make the most from their study time, get all the practice they need and experience a realistic USMLET simulation with this review volume.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Orthopaedics / Rehabilitation / Reference

Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians by Lynn Van Ost PN PT ATC Med (Slack Incorporated)

Designed for health care professionals who perform musculoskeletal examinations and for students, this book provides a basic understanding of goniometry and manual muscle testing, supplemented by concise and illustrative examples of techniques.
Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing, written by Lynn Van Ost, is a descriptive quick reference that provides rehabilitation professionals with a basic approach to various techniques. Van Ost, MEd, RN, PT, ATC, physical therapist and athletic trainer, is Director of Physical Therapy for University Orthopaedic Associates in Somerset, NJ.
This handbook is unique in that it takes the information published in both Cram Session in Goniometry and Cram Session in Manual Muscle Testing and combines them into one succinct resource. Organized in a ‘head-to-toe’ format and with over 400 photographs, the book takes efficient learning to a new level.
Contents of Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing include:


Section I: Cervical Spine          

  • The Cervical Spine      

Section II: Upper Extremity      

  • Scapulothoracic Joint   
  • The Shoulder (Glenohumeral Joint)       
  • The Elbow (Humeroulnar and Humeroradial Joints)      
  • The Forearm (Radioulnar)        
  • The Wrist (Radiocarpal and Intercarpal Joints)
  • The Fingers – Digits II to V (Metacarpophalangeal Joints)        
  • The Fingers – Digits II to V (Proximal Interphalangeal Joints)    
  • The Fingers – Digits II to V (Distal Interphalangeal Joints)        
  • The Thumb (Carpometacarpal Joint)    
  • The Thumb (Metacarpophalangeal Joint)          
  • The Thumb (Interphalangeal Joint)        

Section III: Thoracic and Lumbar Spine           

  • The Thoracolumbar Spine        

Section IV: Lower Extremity    

  • The Hip           
  • The Knee (Tibiofemoral Joint)  
  • Tibial Torsion  
  • The Ankle       
  • Subtalar Joint (Hindfoot)          
  • Transverse Tarsal (Midtarsal) Joint       
  • The First Toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joints)      
  • The First Toe (Interphalangeal Joint)    
  • The Four Lateral Toes (Metatarsophalangeal Joints)     
  • The Four Lateral Toes (Proximal Interphalangeal Joints)           
  • The Four Lateral Toes (Distal Interphalangeal Joints)    

Section V Temporomandibular Joint

  • The Temporomandibular Joint  


Section VI: Neck/Upper Extremities

  • Neck
  • Scapula
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Forearm
  • Wrist
  • Fingers II to V
  • Thumb

Section VII Trunk/Lower Extremities

  • Trunk
  • Hip      
  • Knee   
  • Ankle  
  • Great Toe        
  • Toes II to V    

According to Van Ost, the idea behind this manual was born from the need for a reference that would supply clinicians or students with a snapshot view of the basics of goniometry and manual muscle testing. This manual was not designed or intended as a teaching tool or as an introductory text on the subjects of goniometry or manual muscle testing. It does not contain information on the theories, validity, or reliability of goniometry or manual muscle testing; other textbooks cover those areas sufficiently.

Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing is organized by body region in a ‘head-to-toe’ format to make it easier and more efficient to locate a specific test. In the goniometry sec­tion of this manual, each region is broken down into a description of type of joint, capsular pattern, average range of motion for each movement, patient positioning, goniometric alignment, alternative methods of measurement, and patient substitutions. The manual muscle testing section of the manual is subdivided into the specific movement to be tested, active range of motion, the prime movers of the movement, the secondary movers, the anti-gravity subject position, gravity minimized subject position, stabilization and grades, substitutions for the movement, and points of interest for that particular muscle group. There are over 190 photographs in the goniometry section and over 200 photographs in the manual muscle testing section, illustrating the tests described. Although body part stabilization is described in the goniometry section, it is not always pictured to allow for better visualization of joint movement in the photographs. Finally, there are 8 appendices listed in the back of Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing. The first 4 appendices supplement the goniometry section and describe procedure for movement, goniometric terminology, average values of adult joint range of motion, and anatomical zero. The last 4 appendices supplement the manual muscle testing section and list manual muscle testing grading, general procedures for testing, manual muscle testing terminology, and factors that may cause inaccurate muscle testing.

Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing is a user-friendly reference for experienced clinicians and students. Informative and well-organized, it targets students and clinicians in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, orthopedics or any allied health professional who treats musculoskeletal disorders. Readers will enjoy the benefits of two books in one compact and affordable format. The material is presented in a clear, concise manner, making the task of taking goniometric measurements and performing manual muscle tests easier and more accurate.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Psychology / Psychiatry

The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis edited by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay and Robert Ursano (Wiley-Blackwell)

The patient interview is at the heart of psychiatric practice. Listening and interviewing skills are the primary tools the psychiatrist uses to obtain the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis and to plan appropriate treatment. Both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the Accrediting Council on Graduate Medical Education identify interviewing skills as a core competency for psychiatric residents.

The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis is a new and modern approach to this topic that fulfills the need for training in biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis. It makes use of both classical and new knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis, assessment, treatment planning and doctor-patient collaboration. Written by world leaders in education, the book is based on the acclaimed Psychiatry, Third Edition by Tasman, Kay et al, with new chapters to address assessment in special populations and formulation. In the book, the psychiatric interview is conceptualized as integrating the patient's experience with psychological, biological, and environmental components of the illness.

Editors are Allan Tasman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville, who recently completed service as Secretary for Education of the World Psychiatric Association; Jerald Kay, Associate Director of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at Wright State University, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; and Robert Ursano, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda. The Psychiatric Interview has 19 contributors.

The tools of diagnosis in psychiatry, as is true for all of medicine, have vastly improved in the past decades. Clinicians now can image the brain to look at structures, see changes in the brain with development, identify functional areas of the brain as they are operating, and measure blood levels of hormones and medications. All of these allow clinicians to better assess and care for their patients. Although these have been remarkable advances, the patient interview and the evolving doctor-patient relationship continue to provide the setting and the structure to gather core data to begin assessment and treatment in all of medicine and especially in psychiatry. This is true regardless of the clinical setting, whether inpatient, outpatient, consultation/liaison, the emergency department, or telepsychiatry. The Psychiatric Interview provides both the information needed to conduct an in-depth psychiatric evaluation as well as a thorough discussion of how to begin forming and maintaining the therapeutic alliance. The heart of the philosophy embodied in this work is that the clinician must learn who is the person with the illness, as well as what is the illness, and why it appeared, reappeared, or continues, in order to maintain the treatment relationship most likely to produce a positive clinical outcome. The strengthening of this relationship and assuring the best treatment is facilitated through the development of a case formulation which also is addressed in depth in the book.

The clinical interview is the process of listening to and understanding the patient, and effectively communicating that understanding within the context of the doctor-patient relationship. How to conduct an interview to maximize discerning the most important information while developing and maintaining the best long-term relationship on which to build treatment is the goal of The Psychiatric Interview. Interviewing requires knowing how to listen for information often outside of the patient's awareness, how to communicate, how to maintain the therapeutic relationship and appreciate the dynamic, interpersonal, cultural, and ethical issues central to the clinical process. The advances in both understanding the effect of development on the patient's capacities to form meaningful relationships and the improved diagnostic systems used to recognize specific psychopathology have helped improve the clinician's assessment of the varying degrees of the individual patient's pre-existing capability to trust the physician. The ability to discern these limitations alerts the interviewer to the need to tailor the style of the interview for each patient in order to maximize the success of a multimodal treatment plan.

The Psychiatric Interview is an excellent new text for psychiatry residents at all stages of their training. Clinicians will find the book useful to their practice and as reference. It will be of particular importance for students, postgraduate trainees, and those in the early stages of their careers. It is also useful for medical students interested in psychiatry and for practicing psychiatrists who may wish to refresh their interviewing skills.

Psychology & Counseling / Fatigue

The Psychology of Fatigue: Work, Effort and Control by Robert Hockey (Cambridge University Press)

Fatigue can have a major impact on an individual's performance and wellbeing, yet is poorly understood, even within the scientific community. There is no developed theory of its origins or functions, and different types of fatigue (mental, physical, sleepiness) are routinely confused. The widespread interpretation of fatigue as a negative consequence of work may be true only for externally imposed goals; meaningful or self-initiated work is rarely tiring and often invigorating.

In the first book dedicated to the systematic treatment of fatigue for over sixty years, Robert Hockey in The Psychology of Fatigue examines its many aspects – social history, neuroscience, energetics, exercise physiology, sleep and clinical implications – and develops a new motivational control theory, in which fatigue is treated as an emotion having a fundamental adaptive role in the management of goals. He then uses this new perspective to explore the role of fatigue in relation to individual motivation, working life and wellbeing. Hockey is Emeritus Professor of Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering in the Department of Psychology at Sheffield University.

According to Hockey, fatigue may be felt as a low mood (tiredness, weariness, lethargy) or unfocused mental state (distraction, frustration, discomfort), or as an unpleasant bodily state, including headaches, tension, and vague pains in muscles and joints. It is also implicated in everyday disturbances of mood and quality of life, and, in more intense cases, can be felt as physical exhaustion, a total incapacity for any exertion, a profound lack of motivation, or depression. In terms of cognitive activities, fatigue is associated with problems of completing – or even starting – tasks, particularly where there is a requirement to sustain high levels of effort over long periods. In addition, fatigue (along with headache and colds) is among the most frequently reported health complaints in primary care clinics in Western countries, a feature of almost all illnesses, and a common after-effect of surgical intervention. Yet, fatigue remains a puzzle. How is it that we can feel tired when we do not appear to have done very much? How is it that we appear to be able to recover so quickly under some conditions, but not others? What is going on when weariness following a hard day at work can be banished by going for a run or a session at the gym? Fatigue in the modern world is widely regarded as a major problem for health and wellbeing. Yet, despite the widespread general interest in fatigue, and the plethora of popular books on the subject, the topic is poorly understood.

The Psychology of Fatigue is the first dedicated to the scientific treat­ment of the topic for more than 60 years, since Bartley and Chute's comprehensive review. The book offers a reinterpretation of the nature of the experience of fatigue, starting with an analysis of its historical and social context. It proposes a new theory, based on the idea that such experience is a natural, adaptive feature of mental life. While fatigue is regarded as a major problem for present-day society, this was not always the case. So how did it get to be this way? And what can we do to help reduce its impact on everyday wellbeing and chronic ill-health?

The Psychology of Fatigue seeks to provide a new perspective on the nature of fatigue. At its core is the hypothesis that the experience of fatigue serves an adaptive signal function for the effective control of actions and human motivation. Hockey argues that, rather than interfering with our ability to carry out tasks by wearing down our energy or resources, fatigue makes us aware of the opportunity costs of current activities, and of the attraction of neglected needs and alternative goals. This is a long-held perspective that has become lost from scientific view.

The primary focus of The Psychology of Fatigue is on the experimental psychology of mental or cognitive fatigue. Hockey’s strategy, in basing the book on mental fatigue, is to emphasize the centrality of the cognitive and subjective experience of fatigue, in understanding not only mental fatigue itself but also the impact of sleep deprivation and physical work on mental processes. He argues that, while the various forms of fatigue appear to have distinctive etiologies, contexts and forms of expression, the development and management of mental fatigue underlies or plays a major part in all of them. A comprehensive review of the literature in these different specialist areas is not a practical goal for a monograph of this kind. Instead, he makes reference to physical fatigue and sleepiness whenever it is appropriate to do so throughout, and attempt in Chapter 7 to summarize the major issues relating to these alternative manifestations of the fatigue problem, and to consider how they may be integrated into a general framework.

Another deliberate focus of The Psychology of Fatigue is on short-term (transient) effects of fatigue – the state experienced under conditions of acute task demands or stress, but that normally recedes when more favorable conditions prevail – rather than on enduring problems of health and wellbeing such as chronic fatigue. A systematic treatment of chronic fatigue is beyond the scope of the book. However, Hockey addresses relevant issues throughout, and, in Chapter 8, reviews the core issues on persistent fatigue of different origins, including work and problems of chronic ill-health. He also puts forward a tentative dynamic model to show how pathologies of fatigue may occur through a failure to manage the response to stress and short-term motivational conflicts.

Hockey believes that fatigue is a more complex process than both impairment and the emergent feeling. Rather, it has subtle effects on performance even at the earliest stage of task engagement, before both of these are evident. He develops this idea throughout The Psychology of Fatigue. In Chapter 4 he puts forward an argument for treating fatigue as having a basis in emotion, like anxiety and depression. As with both of these, fatigue is both a process and a state. As with all emotions the process (fatigue, anxiety, depression) is triggered by an automatic response to significant environmental events, leading to a set of changes designed to resolve the problem. However, an extended or unresolved process may lead to the distinctive end state experienced as fatigued, anxious or depressed.

In deciding upon the approach and contents of The Psychology of Fatigue, Hockey considers what issues a modern treatment of fatigue should address. Although they reflect his own interests and biases, he tries to be as broad and impartial as possible in his choice of topics. The following is a set of issues that he believes are central to the process of developing a scientific theory of fatigue. These may be seen as general postulates for the theory he develops later in the book.

(1) Function of fatigue.

(2) Task performance.

(3) Stress and effort.

(4) Task goals, personal goals and control.

(5) Brain mechanisms of fatigue and effort.

(6) Energy.

(7) Varieties of fatigue.

(8) Malfunctions of fatigue.

(9) Centrality of mental fatigue.

Chapter 2 of The Psychology of Fatigue adopts a historical perspective to consider changes in the meaning and impact of fatigue, both as an everyday term and in its scientific usage. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 examine the core human performance issues of the work-fatigue relationship in the context of sustained work, workload, vigilance, stress and coping. This leads in Chapter 6 to development of the motivational control theory of fatigue, which combines approaches from control theory with emerging knowledge about brain mechanisms of executive function and effort. Chapters 7 and 8 consider constraints placed on this approach by evidence from related fields, concerned with brain energy, physical work and sleep (Chapter 7) and pathological states such as chronic fatigue (Chapter 8). Finally, Chapter 9 suggests a broad agenda for research on fatigue and its application to real-world problems.

Bob Hockey has produced an outstanding book containing easily the best theoretical account of fatigue ever produced. This book (which also provides a fascinating historical account) is destined to become an 'instant classic'. – Michael W. Eysenck, Roehampton University
This book is a perfect example of how psychological analysis can add value, depth, and an originality of perspective to a topic significant to us all. Eclectic, scholarly, but most of all accessible, Hockey's book guides us through the wide-ranging literature related to fatigue with an impressive grasp. He amply demonstrates the very best qualities of 20th-Century British Psychology from which he comes. – Mark Lansdale, Leicester University

The Psychology of Fatigue reconfigures the landscape of the subject, providing a new framework for thinking about it as a mechanism for managing competing activities and discouraging over-commitment to unrewarding goals. A thorough and accessible, systematic treatment of fatigue – the first in over sixty years, the book will be of interest to those studying and seeking to understand psychological processes, especially fatigue.

Religion & Spirituality / Biographies & Memoirs / Women

Enduring Lives: Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action by Carol Lee Flinders (Orbis Books)

If Saint Teresa of Avila were heading off to college today, would she study anthropology? Comparative literature? Psycho-neuro­immunology? Would Julian of Norwich drive a hybrid, ride a bicycle, or just move to a town with good public transit? Would Saint Clare of Assisi run a non-profit? Take inner-city kids on white-water-rafting trips? Would any of these women, if they were around today, choose a cloistered life?

Playful and dead serious at once, questions like these have crossed Carol Lee Flinders’ mind regularly over the twenty years since she wrote Enduring Grace. They are part of the reason she has wanted to write a companion volume that would come into the present and identify some of the contemporary great-grand-goddaughters of Saint Teresa, Dame Julian, and Saint Clare. Flinders is currently adjunct faculty at the Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality, Holy Names University, Oakland, where she teaches courses on mysticism and contemplative spirituality. The companion volume she wrote is Enduring Lives.

Flinders says she researched and wrote Enduring Grace with a strong sense of mission; it felt sometimes as if she were staging a hostage rescue operation. She had studied primary sources closely enough to know that Clare, Catherine, and the others weren't just the chaste and obedient daughters of the church that traditional hagiography had made them out to be. Vivid, resourceful, courageous, and charismatic, they had stepped out of obscurity fully voiced and authoritative long before there was anything even faintly like a women's movement, and in cultures that were unequivocally male centered. Remarkably, they found the resources they needed in the very religious tradition that had demeaned them so as women.

Today, we move about in a world of myriad discourses of which religion is only one; Christianity is a subset, and Roman Catholicism a subset of the subset. When we see a woman now who has the radiant self-possession, courage, wisdom, tenderness, and resourcefulness we associate with the Enduring Grace subjects, she probably doesn't live in a convent, and the word ‘religious’ may not be the first one we choose when describing her. The word ‘saint’ doesn't feel like a good fit anymore either. Maybe that's because a lot of us these days feel the way Sister Helen Prejean has said she does about sainthood: that it's a way of discounting the complexity of a human being, of putting her into a box and rendering her harmless.

In deciding to write Enduring Lives, Flinders decided early on that she wanted to write this time about individuals – call them mystics-in-the-making, or maybe mystics-under-heavy-cover – whose stories let us watch a profound transformative process even as it is still taking place, women who are more like women she knows. They include:

  • A Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum, who translated Dostoevsky and engaged in a hybrid practice of psychotherapy, palm reading, and grief counseling until her death at Auschwitz just before what would have been her thirtieth birthday.
  • A world-renowned environmentalist, Jane Goodall, who spent her happiest years clambering around a Tanzanian forest stalking chimpanzees.
  • The daughter of a London fishmonger, Tenzin Palmo, who went to India, became a Tibetan Buddhist nun, and travels the world today raising money for a nunnery she has established in the Himalayas.
  • Another nun, this one a lawyer's daughter from Baton Rouge, Sister Helen Prejean, who intends to see the death penalty abolished within her lifetime – and who summers among the Northern Cheyenne Indians in Montana.

She had planned on a larger gathering. But once these particular women had taken their places around her imaginary table and started talking, the room was full: full of voices, full of ideas, full of strong opinions and compelling visions for a world that could be. And Etty Hillesum set the agenda – not just because she happened to speak first, but because the circumstances of her death place us squarely in front of what may be the defining truth of our times. The violent, state-sanctioned destruction of more than seventy million human beings between 1914 and 1945 – in Europe and Russia alone – is impossible to take in. Our best efforts falter, attention drifts away. But Etty Hillesum's diary is one of the rare documents of that period that arrests our attention in mid-drift. In her company, strengthened by her calm, her lucidity, her immense warmth, we come back and look again at what we must.

With her, we begin to ask, as we know we absolutely must: How do hearts turn to stone? And what do we do about it?

Where does it come from, they all asked – the capacity to decide that another group of human beings is fundamentally not us, and therefore expendable? Each of these women would confront directly some form of ‘othering’ in her own life – as fascism, racism, misogyny, religious and ethnic hatred, and environmental destruction – and resist it with her whole being.

Etty's reply echoes the teachings of the Compassionate Buddha as well as Mahatma Gandhi: there is only one useful or effective response to hatred, and that is not hatred or even indifference, but love.

Each of these women speaks for herself and in her own idiom, but like Catholic saints with a particular charisma and following, each also speaks for a certain broader constituency as well: Etty for everyone who has met hatred with love; Tenzin Palmo for those who make meditation the basis of their lives; Jane Goodall for everyone who has sprung to the defense of animals, trees, and river systems; Sister Helen for those who are convinced that no one in the world is beyond redemption.

The Enduring Lives subjects are all ‘outsider-insiders’:

  • Jane Goodall, when she encounters Cambridge dons contemptuous of her revolutionary approach to primate study and, decades later, directors of American research laboratories who can't imagine why chimpanzees shouldn't be kept caged and solitary in a windowless basement.
  • Tenzin Palmo, when she struggles for inclusion in her all-male, all-Tibetan spiritual family, but again, in a subtler sense, when she comes into the context of American Buddhism and feels compelled to utter truths that don't necessarily endear her.
  • Helen Prejean, going toe-to-toe with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the constitutionality of death penalty laws – she a lawyer's daughter with an insider's disinclination to be impressed by rank or title.
  • And Flinders wonders whether it's stretching a point to note that when Etty Hillesum refuses to be spirited out of Amsterdam because of a commitment her more politically oriented intellectual friends simply cannot grasp – to ‘care and connection’ – she is in a position curiously like that of the whistle blower whose commitment to truthfulness and the public won't let her go along with colleagues.

Flinders invites readers to notice in how many ways the subjects of Enduring Lives sound the same notes and take the same positions that the Endur­ing Grace mystics did. Readers will not find exact matches between any one contemporary seeker and her medieval counterpart. Reading the stories of Jane Goodall and Tenzin Palmo in the light of Teresa's and Julian's stories is more like sitting in the corner at a family gathering and seeing Grandma's eyes and nose in one child, her cheekbones and hot temper in another, her sense of humor and Grandpa's angular build in still another. No two grandchildren look overwhelmingly alike, yet if you stood ten of them in a row you would know without a doubt that they are a tribe. Those ‘family resemblances’ will be far more meaningful when they are discovered in the context of the stories themselves.

The subjects of Enduring Lives share their spiritual great-grandmothers' passion for connectivity, blurred lines, and the kind of direct, informal discourse that cuts through hidebound ways of thinking. In fact, as one discovers reading Tenzin Palmo, that very phrase, cutting through, is a staple in the vocabulary of Tibetan Buddhism. They write and speak in ways that are distinctly their own – vernacular not just insofar as they don't use Latin, but in that it isn't theological either, or even necessarily ‘religious.’

The attraction toward the natural world that has Teresa of Avila sitting down next to a stream when she wants to meditate and talking about silkworms when she wants to say something about the soul becomes, in the lives of many of her spiritual descendants, a defining passion. This is obvious where Jane Goodall is concerned (as it is for kindred spirits like Terry Tempest Williams, Gretel Ehrlich, Julia Butterfly Hill, Starhawk, and Wangari Matthai). From earliest childhood her religious quests have been intimately connected to her study of animal behavior, and the long months she spent virtually alone when she first arrived at Gombe appear now to have been a certain kind of novitiate for her.

But each of the other three women in Enduring Lives also draws crucial spiritual sustenance from her contact with nature. One thinks of Etty Hillesum, in the last weeks of her life, exulting over the patch of yellow lupine that's somehow managed to bloom in the desolation of Westerbork Camp. Or Tenzin Palmo, at fifty, swimming blue-lipped with cold but deliriously happy in the icy waters of Lake Manasarova, more than fifteen thousand feet above mean sea level. Or Helen Prejean, whose annual reconnection with the forests and meadows of Montana restores her after months on the road and weeks on Death Row.

Each of them practices a form of prayer and/or meditation that in­volves the training of attention, and each affirms the need to shed the kind of personal attachment that deadens us to the ‘inward tug’ of ... well, yes, the inward tug of what? No surprise that Tenzin Palmo doesn't talk about God; she's a Buddhist. But Etty Hillesum fights shy of the word too, and Jane Goodall only uses it in the loosest sense when she's sure her reader knows it's just a placeholder for something nameless, formless, and everywhere. Helen Prejean is a Catholic, but she, too, is clearly a bit ‘allergic’ to the word and, when pressed, talks instead about "the loving energy that is at the heart of everything."

Each of the Enduring Lives subjects speaks about the necessity to get hold of what Jane Goodall calls ‘circling thoughts.’ None of the other three has given meditation the almost absolute priority it holds in Tenzin Palmo's life, but there are plenty of contemporary women who will find a parallel between her teachings on meditation and Teresa of Avila's wonderfully concrete discussions of ‘mental prayer’ and what it requires.

In this companion volume to her best-selling Enduring Grace, Flinders profiles the lives of four contemporary women of faith. Contending that her modern subjects are the spiritual heirs to saints and mystics such as Saint Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and St. Clare, she draws parallels between her modern subjects and their historical predecessors. Tracing the evolution of what she terms the mother line through the centuries, she uncovers an unbroken line of succession linking the holy women of the past and the present. Fascinating enough to stand on their own, the individual stories of death-row-activist Sister Helen Prejean, primatologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall, Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, and Tibetan Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo serve as a collective inspirational tribute to the sacred feminine. – Booklist
Bold. Inspiring. Provocative. Carol Flinders shows us how essential the spiritual path is for us today, drawing on the traditions of Judaism, Catholicism, Tibetan Buddhism, and the world of nature as lived by these four extraordinary women, Flinders’s careful and faithful rendering of each woman’s spiritual life gives us a map to guide us through the moral freefall of our time. Read this book and hold on.
– China Galland, author, The Bond Between Women

Inspiration, fascinating, Enduring Lives connects the inspirational lives of today’s women to those of the saints of yesterday. The book will inspire today’s women, provoking new thoughts and insights.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Evangelical

Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals edited by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel (IVP Academic)

Ever since Richard Foster wrote Celebration of Discipline in 1978, evangelicals have hungered for a deeper and more historic spirituality. Many have come to discover the spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers, the medieval mystics, German Pietism and other traditions.

On the other hand, many have undoubtedly picked up John of the Cross or Teresa of Avila after reading a quote in a contemporary book and have found themselves feeling confused, unsettled or duped. Confused because these are texts written hundreds of years ago with theological, cultural and linguistic idiosyncrasies. Unsettled because they find concepts asserted that appear to run contrary to their theological heritage and are unsure how to navigate these discrepancies. Duped because they were led to believe these texts were guaranteed life-changing documents chock full of quotable and brilliant material, when, instead, they seem esoteric and dry. In light of the ‘cloud of unknowing’ that might descend on readers new to the spiritual classics, Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics acknowledges the concerned as well as those who embraced these texts without enough concern.

The essays in Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics. The contributions fall into four sections. The first three answer the big questions: why should we read the spiritual classics, what are these classics and how should we read them? The last section brings these questions together into a brief reading guide for each of the major traditions. Each essay not only explores the historical and theological context, but also expounds the appropriate hermeneutical framework and the significance for the church today.

Authors are Jamin Groggin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, a pastor at Saddleback Church and cofounder of Metamorpha Ministries and Kyle Strobel, professor of theology at Grand Canyon University and research associate at the University of Free State (Bloemfontein).

The first section of Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics is titled "Approaching Spiritual Classics" and addresses the need for historic Christian literature to inform modern-day evangelicalism. This section serves as an apologetic for the reading of spiritual classics, speaks into the spiritual nature of reading spiritual literature and provides specific areas of import into present-day Christian ministry and practice.

The second section is titled "The Spiritual Classics Tradition." This section sketches the category of "Christian Spiritual Classics" and explains, broadly speaking, the schools and movements of Christian spiri­tuality as well as, more specifically, the genre and tradition behind the spiritual classics. Building on this second section, the third is titled "Reading Evangelically," which focuses on reading evangelically and addresses Catholic and Orthodox traditions with guidance for reading them discerningly. In doing so, this section provides a framework for understanding a specifically evangelical focus on spirituality, and helps readers engage Catholic, Orthodox and even other evangelical material with specific doctrinal content in mind. The final section of Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics is titled "How to Read the Spiritual Classics," which establishes hermeneutical tools for reading the different schools of spiritual literature. Each chapter focuses on the historical context, distinctive theological issues, unique language of authors/groups, as well as any positive or negative contributions for evangelical theology and practice. Each section represents a movement to greater discernment in reading spiritual classics.

Collections of essays around a common theme can be a grab bag and too often uneven in quality – both in terms of content and writing style. Happily, the writings found in Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics are uniformly excellent: informative, thorough, well written. This will be a valued collection for evangelicals just encountering the spiritual classics for the first time and a helpful and insightful resource for those already familiar with these rich treasures of the church. – Christopher Hall, Eastern University, associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
Here you have an absolutely unrivaled mapping by experts of the whole church's rich, smorgasbord heritage of Christ-centered, sanctification-focused devotional writing, most of which will be unknown to most of us. What to do with it? Take it as your tour guide and start reading its recommended texts. You will be glad you did, I promise you. Wealth awaits. – J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College
The vistas of the Christian tradition open up wide in this volume on the Christian classics, with rich rewards for those searching for insight, reading for wisdom and aiming at the glory of God. This introduction to the writings of Christian spirituality is a gem, as it combines solid evangelical grounding with genuine generosity of spirit. – Hans Boersma, Regent College, Vancouver
This volume is a very worthwhile contribution to the growing body of literature being produced by evangelical scholars who are attempting to make known to a wider audience the rich resources of the history of Christian spirituality. The contributors are largely successful in avoiding the dangers, on the one hand, of theologically uncritical and eclectic readings of Roman Catholic and Orthodox texts, or on the other hand, of dismissing such texts and not allowing them to speak in their own voices. This book should prove to be a valuable resource and point of reference for pastors, seminarians, campus workers and those engaged in ministries of spiritual formation and direction. – John Jefferson Davis, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Together these essays provide a comprehensive and charitable introduction to the spiritual classics, suitable for both those who already embrace them and those who remain concerned and cautious. Whether readers are newcomers to historic spirituality or seasoned readers looking to go deeper, they will find Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics to be a reliable resource. The volume addresses the key questions regarding spiritual classics that will lead to an informed, spiritual and distinctively evangelical reading of the difficult texts. By developing a robust hermeneutic, grounded in markedly evangelical spiritual and theological commitments, the book answers the questions that have been ig­nored and fill in the gaps that have remained.

Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Occult

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah by Ronald Decker (Quest Books)

The Tarot consists of the Minor Arcana, four suits of cards similar to the modern deck, and the Major Arcana, twenty-two allegorical or ‘trump’ cards. Ronald Decker in The Esoteric Tarot says the four-suit deck was invented in Asia Minor before AD 1000; Italian courtiers added the trumps in the 1400s. But Tarot was first used as a game. Tarot divination was only created in the 1700s by a Parisian fortuneteller who based the trump images on Hermeticism, which merges Greco-Egyptian alchemy, astrology, numerology, magic, and mysticism. Today, the suit-cards are often traced to the ancient Jewish Cabala. But, says Decker, they, too, acquired their meanings only in the 1700s, and he cites a lost numerical system based on Cabala at that time. Decker, art historian and teacher, until his retirement was curator of antique cards at The U.S. Playing Card Company.

Decker’s interpretation integrates three whole systems – astrological, arithmological, mystagogical (concerning initiation rites into the Mysteries). He deeply probes the Hermetic, Neoplatonic and Kabbalistic esoteric systems studied by Renaissance intellectuals and finds sufficient significant congruency between their symbols and tarot cards to build his theory that the tarot trumps may well have originated as a device with multilevel meanings developed for psychological and philosophical introspection, possibly divination.
Most important to Decker’s theory in The Esoteric Tarot is his close examination of the life and theories of eighteenth century Parisian card reader Jean-Baptiste Alliette, who, perceiving the Hermetic resonances of the cards, first popularized the use of tarot cards for divination purposes under the pseudonym 'Etteilla.' His card interpretations became the basis for those of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and indeed form the basis of most tarot card interpretations used today.

A rigorously researched book that serves as the basis for Decker's arguments for a Tarot richly rooted in an ancient cosmic worldview – one that continues to speak to us today. – Paul Quinn, author, Tarot for Life
I have been following Ronald Decker's work for many years, and he has been developing the themes expressed in
The Esoteric Tarot in articles and in books that he has written since the early 1990s. His views may be surprising to some, but everything Decker writes is carefully researched and contemplated. There is no other author I trust more than Decker for insights into the Tarot's history and symbolism. – Robert M. Place, creator of The Alchemical Tarot and author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination

Obviously this is an impressive book not to be missed; as readable as it is learned, it should have a definite appeal to tarot historians and tarot readers alike. – Paul Huson, author, Mystical Origins of the Tarot

Decker’s meticulous scholarship will surprise practitioners and academics alike, revealing the Tarot’s true evolution and meanings as its inventor(s) understood it. His depth of knowledge makes The Esoteric Tarot a must-have for serious students of Tarot and esotericism.




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The John Marsh Journals: Volume II: The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828) by Brian Robins (Sociology and Social History of Music Series, No. 9: Pendragon Press)

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity by August Turak (Columbia Business School Publishing, Columbia University Press)

Therapy Breakthrough by Michael R. Edelstein, Richard K. Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele (Open Court)

Running Science by Owen Anderson (Human Kinetics)

From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan and Alice Waters (Spiegel & Grau)

Style, Stitch, Staple: Basic Upholstering Skills to Tackle Any Project by Hannah Stanton (Running Press)

Communication in Humans and Other Animals by Gisela Håkansson and Jennie Westander (Advances in Interaction Studies, Vol. 4: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris by Patricia Engel (Grove Atlantic)

The Purchase: A Novel by Linda Spalding (Pantheon Books)

A Cold White Sun: A Constable Molly Smith Novel by Vicki Delany (Constable Molly Smith Series: Poisoned Pen Press)

Forbidden Harvest by Peter Rizzolo (Create Space, Amazon)

A House Too Small: And Other Stories (Modern Jewish Literature and Culture) by Ezra Hirschmann, with a foreword by Alan Berger (Texas Tech University Press)

Tiger by Thomas Anderson (Osprey Publishing)

Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia (2 volume set) edited by Vicki Smith (Sage Publications, Inc.)

The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global by Larry M. Wortzel (Potomac Books)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2014: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Printed (Ferri's Medical Solutions)... by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

Hematopathology: A Volume in the High Yield Pathology Series (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 1st edition edited by Jon C. Aster MD PhD, Olga Pozdnyakova MD PhD and Jeffery L. Kutok MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rapid Review Pathology: With Student Consult Online Access, 4th edition by Edward F. Goljan MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Cram Session in Goniometry and Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians by Lynn Van Ost PN PT ATC Med (Slack Incorporated)

The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis edited by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay and Robert Ursano (Wiley-Blackwell)

The Psychology of Fatigue: Work, Effort and Control by Robert Hockey (Cambridge University Press)

Enduring Lives: Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action by Carol Lee Flinders (Orbis Books)

Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals edited by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel (IVP Academic)

The Esoteric Tarot: Ancient Sources Rediscovered in Hermeticism and Cabalah by Ronald Decker (Quest Books)