We Review the Best of the Latest Books

ISSN 1934-6557

September 2014, Issue #185

contents this issue:

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition by Vinay Kumar MBBS MD FRCPath, Abul K. Abbas MBBS and Jon C. Aster MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition, 2-volume set edited by Andy Adam CBE MB BS (Hons) PhD FRCP FRCR FRCS FFR RCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Adrian K. Dixon MD MD (Hon caus) FRCP FRCR FRCS FFRRCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Jonathan Gillard BSc MA MD FRCR FRCP MBA and Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop MD PhD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, unabridged, 14 CDs, running time 17 ½ hours by Hampton Sides, read by Arthur Morey (Random House Audio)

The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee by Carl Van (Pelican Publishing)

Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven and Petra Brown (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Graveyard Book: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman, with graphic adaptation by P. Craig Russell (Harper)

Organized Crime, 6th Edition by Michael D. Lyman and Gary W. Potter (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne Books)

Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color by Brian Taylor and Kate Doody (Barron’s)

All I Love and Know: A Novel by Judith Frank (William Morrow)

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young –The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield (Seven Stories Press)

The Handy Mythology Answer Book by David A. Leeming (The Handy Answer Book Series: Visible Ink Press)

The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John W. Dean (Viking)

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change edited by Mauricio A. Font and Araceli Tinajero (Paradigm Publishers)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Ferri's Medical Solutions Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, 1st edition by Giles R Scuderi MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Netter's Correlative Imaging: Neuroanatomy, 1st edition by Thomas C. Lee MD and Srinivasan Mukundan Jr. MD PhD, with series editor Nancy M. Major, MD (Netter Clinical Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, 1st edition edited by James Paul O'Neill MD MB FRCSI MBA MMSc ORL-HNS and Jatin P. Shah MD MS (Surg) PhD (Hon) FACS Hon. FRCS (Edin) Hon. FRACS Hon. FDSRCS (Lond) (Elsevier Saunders)

The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: Practical Guidance for Clinical Decision Making by Rochelle I. Frank PhD & Joan Davidson PhD, with a foreword by Jacqueline B. Persons PhD (New Harbinger Publications)

Housing the Chosen: The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World by Inge Nielsen (Contextualizing the Sacred Series, Vol 2: Brepols)

Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture by Joshua B. Nelson (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series: University of Oklahoma Press)


Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Education & Training / Reference

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition by Vinay Kumar MBBS MD FRCPath, Abul K. Abbas MBBS and Jon C. Aster MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Current and complete, Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition is the perennially best-selling text that students will use long after their medical student days are finished. A world-class author team headed by Drs. Vinay Kumar, Abul Abbas, and Jon Aster delivers the latest pathology knowledge, ensuring optimal understanding of the latest basic science and clinical content. High-quality photographs and full-color illustrations highlight new information in molecular biology, disease classifications, and new drugs and drug therapies.

With Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, students and clinicians are able to:

  • Rely on authoritative and readable coverage, ideal for USMLE or specialty board preparation, as well as for course work.
  • Simplify their study with an outstanding full-color, highly user-friendly design.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information in molecular and genetic testing and mechanisms of disease.
  • Consult new Targeted Therapy boxes online that discuss drug therapy for specific diseases.
  • Gain a new perspective in key areas thanks to contributions from new authors at the top of their fields.
  • Further their understanding with access to the fully searchable contents, a wealth of interactive ancillaries on the Student Consult site, including pathology case studies and videos and self-assessment questions.

Remarkably up to date. Provides the reader with a current understanding of disease mechanisms and deserves a place on the shelf of any health care professional, irrespective of specialty or level of training. – JAMA, review of previous edition

Praiseworthy for the breadth and depth of its content and its ability to remain up to date. It serves the needs not only of the beginning student, the pathologist in training, but all practitioners of medicine with intellectual curiosity. – Modern Pathology, review of previous edition

Bound to retain its standing as the definitive source for learning, or relearning, the principles of the pathologic basis of disease. – Advances in Anatomic Pathology, review of previous edition

Dependable, current and complete, the best-selling Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, ninth edition, delivers the most essential pathology knowledge. Readable and interesting, the book is also well illustrated.

Professional & Technical / Medicine and Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition, 2-volume set edited by Andy Adam CBE MB BS (Hons) PhD FRCP FRCR FRCS FFR RCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Adrian K. Dixon MD MD (Hon caus) FRCP FRCR FRCS FFRRCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Jonathan Gillard BSc MA MD FRCR FRCP MBA and Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop MD PhD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

Long recognized as the standard general reference in the field, this completely revised edition of Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition provides the information that trainees need to take their professional certification examinations and provides practicing radiologists with a refresher on topics that may have been forgotten. Organized on an organ-and-systems basis, this resource covers diagnostic imaging modalities in an integrated, correlative fashion and focuses on those topics that matter to trainee radiologists in the initial years of training.

With Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology trainees and clinicians are able to:

  • Master the field and prepare for certification or recertification with a succinct, comprehensive account of the entire spectrum of imaging modalities and their clinical applications.
  • Apply the latest techniques and approaches with complete updates throughout including 4 new sections (Abdominal Imaging, The Spine, Oncological Imaging, and Interventional Radiology) and 28 new chapters.
  • Gain the fresh perspective of two new editors – Jonathan Gillard and Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop – eight new section editors – Michael Maher, Andrew Grainger, Philip O'Connor, Rolf Jager, Vicky Goh, Catherine Owens, Anna Maria Belli, Michael Lee – and 135 new contributors.
  • Stay current with the latest developments in imaging techniques such as CT, MR, ultrasound, and coverage of hot topics such as image-guided biopsy and ablation techniques and functional and molecular imaging.
  • Solve their toughest diagnostic challenges with guidance from nearly 4,000 outstanding illustrations.
  • Grasp the fundamentals they need to know through a concise, streamlined format.
  • Access the full text online at Expert Consult.

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition, provides all the information trainees need to take their certification examinations, as well as providing a refresher for practicing radiologists. Succinct and comprehensive, the book helps clinicians solve their toughest diagnostic challenges.



Audio / History / Americas

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, unabridged, 14 CDs, running time 17 ½ hours by Hampton Sides, read by Arthur Morey (Random House Audio)

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides in In the Kingdom of Ice returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age. Arthur Morey, an off-Broadway actor who has been repeatedly listed by AudioFile as a Best Voice, reads the audio version.

According to In the Kingdom of Ice, in the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.
James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of ‘Arctic Fever.’
The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom, and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice – a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

… Author Hampton Sides does a masterful job of setting up the voyage against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, developing fascinating characters along the way, and delivering a true triumph of narrative nonfiction. Drawing on journal entries, letters, and eventually his own visit to the region, Sides paints a vivid, moving, and breathless portrait of the crew of the Jeannette. How could a book about this much snow and ice be this good? – Chris Schluep, – An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014

… Haven’t all great stories been told? Never underestimate the ingenuity of a first-rate author. Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice, which recounts the astonishing tribulations of a group of seafarers determined to be the first men to reach and reconnoiter the North Pole, is a splendid book in every way… The book is a marvelous nonfiction thriller. – The Wall Street Journal
Compelling.... Sides spins a propulsive narrative from obscure documents, journals and his own firsthand visits to the Arctic regions visited by the Jeannette and its crew.
In the Kingdom of Ice makes for harrowing reading as it recounts the grim aspects of the explorers' battle for survival…. As grisly as the details are, you keep turning pages to find out how DeLong and his men pull themselves past each setback – even though there's always another one looming ahead. – USA Today
Unforgettable… a pulse-racing epic of endurance set against an exceedingly bizarre Arctic backdrop
… [Sides’] descriptions of the physical challenges the men face and the eerie landscape that surrounds them are masterful. As De Long and his crew attempt to save themselves, the story grows in suspense and psychological complexity… Sides’ book is a masterful work of history and storytelling. – The Los Angeles Times
America’s own brush with epic polar tragedy, the subject of Hampton Sides’ phenomenally gripping new book, is a less well-known affair… Sides works story-telling magic as he evokes the pathos and suffering of what unfolded: De Long and his crew endured hardships that boggle the mind. But there is also beauty here…
[Sides] writes superbly on the geography of Siberia and the Arctic, and the abundant bird and animal life the explorers encountered on their travels, which took them across ice, storm-tossed seas, treacherous tundra, rocky seacoasts, and volcanic islands. – The Boston Globe
… The book’s final act is a stunning story of courage, loyalty and determination, at times horrifying, but not without moments of wonder… Exhaustively researched and brilliantly written,
In the Kingdom of Ice is the work of a top-notch historian and storyteller. Readers braced for its hardships are in for a great read. – The Minneapolis Star Tribune
A dazzling page-turner.....
– Nathaniel Philbrick, bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Bunker Hill and Sea of Glory
[A] stunningly vivid account..... – Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
An astonishingly good story.... – Candice Millard, bestselling author of The Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt
A spellbinding tale.... – David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
Hampton Sides is one of America’s most expansive and engaging storytellers, and he proves it again with the incredible saga of the USS Jeannette.... – Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia
A vivid tale of exploration set in a howling, deadly wilderness. – T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth, told by a master storyteller.

Business & Investing / Human Resources / Motivation

The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee by Carl Van (Pelican Publishing)

The difference between a good and an awesome employee isn't the talent of the individual, intelligence, educational background, or job knowledge; it is attitude.

The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee provides a road map to becoming more productive, more satisfied, and more successful. Through real-world examples, the author, Carl Van, uses a humorous approach to cover such topics as time management, teamwork, personal initiative, and customer service. Included is a musical reference to songs that keep readers going in the right direction.

Van, an acclaimed professional speaker, worked his way through college, taking years of night school to earn his bachelor's degree in insurance from California State University. By the time he earned his degree, he was already a regional claims manager, writing and teaching several courses for the insurance industry.

Van focuses on how anyone can develop the right perspective and claim the characteristics to become a first-rate employee. Van's examples steer readers along the path to becoming more successful in any job. Van defines what attitude means and explains that this frame of mind is not always about feeling good; rather, it is about being able to see the opportunities hidden in the work. He stresses that exceptional employees eliminate unnecessary work, gain cooperation from customers, and understand their role in customer service. Several chapters are devoted to how to develop a team mentality, including how to mentor and how to work to be a supportive coworker. He emphasizes that effective communication is the path to control and stresses that attitude can make the difference between a good employee and an outstanding one.

Readers in The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee discover the route to utilizing attitude to renovate and rejuvenate their performance in any job. The transformation to awesomeness can be achieved by incorporating Van's eight simple characteristics into one’s daily performance:

  • Attitude
  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Continuing Education
  • Customer Service/Empathy
  • Desire for Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative

Each section of The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee focuses on one general characteristic and provides on-the-job examples.

In this book, Carl shares his wit, wisdom, knowledge and sixth sense of dealing with people. He's a great friend and an inspiration. I hope you find this book as valuable in your world as Carl has been in mine. – Steve Belkin, Open All Nite Entertainment

Van brings his expertise to employees in every industry with this insightful and inspiring roadmap. By using Van's road map to success, readers can become the employees they were meant to be.

Children’s Books / Ages 6-10 / History

Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven and Petra Brown (Sleeping Bear Press)

“Dog? He looks like dirty rags to me,” scowled the military policeman.

“Yes, Sir!” Donovan agreed. “That’s exactly how he got his name. First Division Rags. Quite the pup he is!” – from the book

Rags, Hero Dog of WWI by Margot Theis Raven, whose career includes writing for magazines and children's books, is the retelling of a true story.

During World War I, while stationed overseas in France with the United States Army, Private James Donovan stumbles upon a small dog cowering on the streets of Paris. Named Rags for his disheveled appearance, the little stray quickly finds a home with Donovan and a place in his heart. Although the Army did not have an official canine division, Rags accompanies Donovan to the battlefield, making himself a useful companion delivering messages and providing a much-appreciated morale boost to the soldiers.

In Rags, Hero Dog of WWI, news about Rags spreads and soon the little dog's battlefield exploits become the stuff of legend. But during a fierce battle near the end of the war, both Rags and Donovan are wounded. Severely injured, Donovan is sent back to the United States. And the little dog with the big heart refuses to leave his best friend's side.

This heartfelt story introduces a heroic and lovable dog that was found in a Paris doorway by an American soldier during World War I. Private James Donovan and Rags became fast friends, and Rags was whisked off into U.S. Army service, where he learned to root out rats and mice from the trenches, transport important messages across the battlefield, and even to salute his superiors. The picture-book format and accessible narrative make for excellent story-time sharing. There has been a spate of books about dogs serving in wars recently, including Sheila Keenan's graphic novel Dogs of War (Scholastic, 2013) and Ann Bausum's Stubby the War Dog (National Geographic, 2014), both for slightly older students and offering more context and historical information. Rags, Hero Dog of WWI is a fine introduction to the notion of dogs being included in military service for younger elementary students. The artwork is lively and sweet, with a soft palette of colors depicting many of the scenes. It breathes life into the text and creates an endearing character in Rags. An epilogue and author's note add some detail to the story, but no bibliographic or source information is included. Share this title with dog lovers and young history buffs, who will enjoy the combination. – Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Award winning Petra Brown's poignant artwork in Rags, Hero Dog of WWI evokes the time period, bringing this story to vivid life.

Children’s Books / Ages 8-12 / Graphic Novel

The Graveyard Book: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman, with graphic adaptation by P. Craig Russell (Harper)

Here we have Volume 1 of a two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by a team of renowned artists. Gaiman is the author of more than twenty books, and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Russell, winner of several Harvey and Eisner Awards, has spent forty years producing graphic novels and comic books.

Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Gaiman's luminous novel. Volume 1 contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

In The Graveyard Book: Volume 1, Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod's family.

Each chapter is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent.

Gaiman’s frequent collaborator Russell brings his decades of comics know-how to this lovely, lyrical adaptation of the author’s well-loved, Newbery Medal-winning book. Not content to rely exclusively on his own distinctive talents, Russell has enlisted some of the industry’s greatest contemporary illustrators as contributors, who fill the panels with appropriately gothic tones…. Each illustrator brings a unique aesthetic, blending together seamlessly to enrich the tale and suggest the subtle shifts of clever Bod’s growth and burgeoning sense of adventure. Fans of Gaiman’s delightfully macabre sensibilities will be elated.… Grades 6-10. – Jesse Karp, Booklist, starred review

Russell calls attention to the drama and wit of the language in each sentence... The real achievement of this adaptation is that readers will want to jump back to the novel and then leap back again, time after time. – Kirkus Reviews
[A] vastly entertaining adaptation... It’s a treasure worth having even if the novel is already on the shelf. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
This adaptation celebrates friendship, loyalty, and family with similar humor and aplomb. – School Library Journal

Volume 1, the first half of The Graveyard Book, is adapted and illustrated by an extraordinary team. Together, they bring the award-winning, nationally bestselling novel to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

Criminology / Criminal Justice

Organized Crime, 6th Edition by Michael D. Lyman and Gary W. Potter (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

What is organized crime? Is there really a Mafia? Is terrorism organized crime? Do political machines still exist?

Crime and criminality have been cornerstones for countless movie and book plots and radio and TV talk shows over the decades. Of all the varied types of criminal activity, however, organized crime has proved to be the most intriguing through the years. Images of pinstriped gangsters, police shootouts, and flamboyant lifestyles emerge whenever the topic of organized crime is mentioned. To a great extent, these images form the basis for stereotyping what the public generally perceives as organized crime. However, these images fail to portray organized crime realistically. Organized crime is as diverse as our rich American history. Today organized crime has taken on many different aspects and continued to evolve.

The study of organized crime is one of the most fascinating educational endeavors, posing thematic, scholarly, and ideological questions. As readers attempt to understand it, bear in mind that during the past century organized crime became the most insidious form of criminality, involving criminals, politicians, bankers, lawyers, and the all-important users of illegal goods and services.

Organized Crime, 6th edition, is an introductory text serving several purposes in the field of criminal justice. First, it gives readers an understanding of the concept of organized crime – what it is and what it is not – and the necessary historical foundation for understanding the evolution, development, and current status of organized crime. Most importantly, the book dispels the myth that organized crime is composed exclusively of Italian American criminal groups. In fact, when considering the overall problem of crime in our communities, other criminal groups, such as the African American, Mexican, Russian, and Nigerian, play an increasingly important role.

Authors are Michael D. Lyman, Columbia College of Missouri and Gary W. Potter, Eastern Kentucky University.

Another component of Organized Crime is that drug trafficking plays an important role in the continuing proliferation of organized crime groups. The existence of the illegal drug trade says much about both the groups that traffic in illicit drugs and the members of society who use these drugs, consequently lending support to organized criminals.

Finally, terrorism has dominated public policy since September 11, 2001. With increasing global awareness of terrorist organizations and those who belong to them, traditional models of terrorism have been challenged because the structure, financing, and recruiting mechanisms of such organizations are becoming more and more like their criminal counterparts in conventional organized crime.

Organized Crime offers a current look at organized crime, examining emerging areas in the field. It provides:

  • Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage, giving students the intellectual foundation they need to understand organized crime.
  • A thorough examination of the role of drug trafficking in organized crime.
  • Insights into terrorism as organized crime.
  • Extensive pedagogical features giving students the tools to master key concepts more effectively and provides support for instructors.

There are many changes to this 9th edition of Organized Crime. Various sections throughout the book have been expanded to include greater detail. These include modern-day piracy and recent arrests of Italian, Mexican, Russian and Chinese mob figures. A section has been expanded to focus on new money laundering techniques. New to this edition is an expanded discussion of the ever-changing influence of Mexican organized crime in the illicit drug trade and an updated section on new illicit drugs. This edition includes updated case studies, statistics and photographs. There is new material on high-tech crime. This edition brings new material on organized crime's use of computers and technology and a revamping of Chapter 9: Terrorism and Organized Crime.

In Organized Crime, the problem of organized crime is examined from a social perspective using specially designed pedagogical features. These include chapter objectives, critical thinking projects, chapter summaries, key terms, points of discussion, and suggested readings. In addition to the research offered by well-known experts in the field, information was also culled from government reports generated by organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

MyTest and TestBank represent new standards in testing material. Every question is linked to a learning objective, page number, and level of difficulty. This allows for quick reference in the text and an easy way to check the difficulty level and variety of a test’s questions. The PowerPoint Presentations offer clear, straightforward outlines and notes to use for class lectures or study materials. Photos, illustrations, charts, and tables from the book are included in the presentations when applicable. Other supplements are the Instructor's Manual with Test Bank and the Test Item File for ingestion into an LMS, including Blackboard and WebCT.

This student-friendly text illuminates organized crime from social, political, and economic perspectives, dispelling long-standing myths that prevent real understanding. Logically organized and highly readable, Organized Crime, 6th edition, promotes learning with extensive pedagogical features, from critical thinking projects to suggested readings. These features promote scholarly thought and insight into the problem of organized crime, while presenting important thematic questions in each chapter.

History / Americas / Biographies & Memoirs / Racism

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne Books)

Tomlinson Hill is the story of two families – one white, one black – who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name.
Author Chris Tomlinson spent eleven years in Africa as the Nairobi bureau chief for The Associated Press. When he returned home to Texas, Tomlinson decided that he wanted to uncover the truth about a story that had long fascinated him personally – his family's history as slave owners. A fifth-generation Texan, Tomlinson is the descendant of slaveholders, whose slaves took the Tomlinson name. Ever since he was a child,

internationally recognized for his work as a fearless war correspondent, award-winning journalist Tomlinson grew up hearing stories about his family’s abandoned cotton plantation in Falls County in Central Texas. Most of the tales lionized his white ancestors for pioneering along the Brazos River. His grandfather often said the family’s slaves loved them so much that they also took Tomlinson as their last name.
Tomlinson had tried to understand what this legacy meant for him and for the African American Tomlinsons. Tomlinson Hill traces the true and revealing story of these two families. From the beginning in 1854 – when the first Tomlinson, a white woman, arrived – to 2007, when the last Tomlinson, left, the book explores the history of race and bigotry in Texas.
In the process of researching these two families, Chris Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League. LaDainian's father was the last Tomlinson living on the Hill when he died in 2007, and LaDainian spent part of his childhood playing on the same land that his black ancestors had worked as slaves. As a child, LaDainian believed the Hill was named after his family. Not until he was old enough to read a historical plaque did he realize that the Hill was named for his ancestor’s slaveholders.
When Chris meets LaDainian, he learns that LaDainian's earliest childhood memories are of the summers he spent visiting his grandparents on the Hill and playing in the fields where his ancestors had once picked cotton.

As Tomlinson delves into his family's history, he finds that many of the stories surrounding the Civil War and the South that he learned as a child are simply untrue. He finds family letters that detail the mix of brutality and meager kindness that his relatives used to maintain order. He then compares and contrasts what the two families experienced at Emancipation, during Reconstruction, through the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the Civil Rights era and ending the day LaDainian's father died.

Chris Tomlinson takes us on a detailed journey into these parallel family histories, but along the way he revisits a Texas few of us want to remember, even as its legacy continues to cast a shadow over our future. Written in an unsparing AP style that allows many of the principals to speak for themselves, Tomlinson Hill offers what Texas may well need now more than ever: a thoughtful, brutally honest conversation about race. – Michael Ennis, Texas Monthly

From the Hemingses of Monticello to the Tomlinsons of Tomlinson Hill, family in America has never been as easily defined as the color line of slavery and Jim Crow pretended. Sometimes it takes a reporter to sort out the truth. In the case of Tomlinson Hill, that reporter is one of the best of his generation, and in unraveling the poignant, often painful mystery of his family and those they once owned, Chris Tomlinson applies the same journalistic standards he once brought to the battlefields of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The resulting reconciliation is as moving as it is inspiring. – Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
A personal, unvarnished look at race in America. –
Mark K. Updegrove, presidential historian and author of Baptism by Fire
A complex story, at times stark but with moments of hope, that offers insights into American race relations. –
Alwyn Barr, author of Black Texans
This book is a rewarding reminder of how a seemingly unremarkable place can be a laboratory for understanding the conflicts at the heart of our national identity. Chris Tomlinson has drilled deep into Tomlinson Hill, and released a gusher of history. –
Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo
The author offers not only a detailed history of two families brought together by circumstances greater than themselves; he also opens an honest conversation necessary to begin healing the centuries-old racial rifts that have marred American history… Cleareyed and courageously revealing. – Kirkus Reviews
Fast-paced… spellbinding… Tomlinson not only offers an engaging and poignant look into his own past but also a riveting glimpse of the history of race relations in Texas. – Publishers Weekly
… an unflinching look at the racial history of one small Texas community … through his meticulous research into not only his ancestors’ but also America’s past, Tomlinson sets his and LaDainian’s very personal narratives within the larger scope of national events… – Booklist

A masterpiece of authentic American history, Tomlinson Hill is more than a history of two families; unflinchingly it tells the story of America and how slavery shaped our society. Tomlinson uses the reporting skills he honed as a respected reporter covering ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East to fashion a perfect microcosm of America’s own ethnic strife. The economic inequality, political shenanigans, cruelty and racism – both subtle and overt – that inform the history of Tomlinson Hill also live on in many ways to this very day in our country as a whole. The author creates a classic work of American history that will take its place alongside the timeless work of our finest historians.

Tomlinson Hill is also the basis for an award-winning film and an interactive web project.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Pottery

Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color by Brian Taylor and Kate Doody (Barron’s)

Anyone who loves creating ceramics knows that glazing can be a labor of great love or the bane of the entire ceramic process. In Glaze, potters will find a wealth of guidance on the glazing process as several of today's leading ceramicists share the recipes and techniques behind their works of art – each selected specifically for its unique glaze. Entries for each potter include:

  • An overview of the artists' work.
  • A technical description of the featured piece.
  • The artist's creative intention behind the glazes used.
  • Glaze recipes.

Pieces are organized by temperature range, with special firing techniques for salt and wood, and sub-categorized by method of application, so potters can find work that relates to their own practice, or discover new approaches.

Glaze includes clay bodies, methods, properties, recipes and workshop notes.

Authors are Brian Taylor, who has formulated a unique glaze palate and exhibited his celebrated works all over the world and Kate Doody, an artist and teacher who works with ceramics and sculpted materials, who has been widely exhibited and has taught Color Theory and Glaze Calculations at several renowned institutions.

Taylor and Doody say in the foreword that they both came to ceramics for its seductive malleability, the endlessly engaging processes, and the inspiring and camaraderie-filled community. Through the course of their respective artistic developments, color has emerged as an essential component in their works. The role of color on the psyche, how it incites sensorial enlightenment, and how it can be manipulated to affect the sense of taste and pleasure, and ultimately frame experience, has guided their artwork in distinct ways. As teachers, they relish the task of unpacking the mysteries of ceramic chemistry through testing and experimenting with their students. Within each course, new discoveries are made, deepening both their understanding and their appreciation for their potential.

Color is lauded in Glaze for its dynamic conceptual associations, its indelible emotive mark on a work, and its ability to be harnessed by talented artists in the field to create unique and powerful pieces of art.

Glaze is organized into four chapters, core information on the glazing process and the esthetics of color are contained in the beginning part, and the heart of the book is a directory of 100 ceramicists.

Chapter One: Understanding Glazes. Readers enter the world of ceramic glazes with this thorough introduction. They learn about the history of glaze, how heat is measured, materials they will encounter when working with glazes, glaze defects and remedies, and how to stay safe when working with toxic materials.

Chapter Two: Color. Color is a key concept in the world of ceramics. Here readers gain an understanding of the history of color in ceramics and the development of color wheels. Then eight individual colors are examined in relation to their use in ceramic glazes.

Chapter Three: Making and Testing Glazes. This chapter contains a wealth of practical knowledge to help bring ideas to life in the studio. Readers discover how to understand recipes and how to test, mix, and apply their glazes. Finally, they learn how to break the mold and try something new, and move beyond traditional glaze use.

Chapter Four: The Directory. The heart of Glaze is the Directory, where 100 of the leading ceramicists working today have contributed their works and discuss their inspiration, their technical processes, and the unique way that they use glaze and color in their work. Glaze outcomes and results are subject to countless variables and the recipes provided by the artists may be seen as a starting point for new recipes, rather than instructions with a guaranteed outcome. Alteration, experimentation, and testing are crucial in glaze work, and these recipes provide insight and inspiration for readers to begin to experiment and develop their own glaze palette.

With more than 450 beautiful color illustrations, a technical how-to section, and a detailed glossary, Glaze is a must have for potters of all levels. Taylor and Doody bring both their personal affinity for the power of color in ceramics and the breadth of their technical knowledge to the content of this book in order to create a comprehensive guide to glaze and color. The chapters in the book give readers the information and technical knowledge they need to apply their ideas in practice. Instructional and inspirational, designed to be useful and inspiring to beginners, students, enthusiasts, and experts alike, Glaze will find an integral place in readers’ homes and studios.

Literature & Fiction / Drama

All I Love and Know: A Novel by Judith Frank (William Morrow)

Told with power and emotional fidelity, All I Love and Know is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

As told by LAMBDA award-winning author and Professor of Creative Writing at Amherst College, Judith Frank, in All I Love and Know, for years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Frank is a professor of English at Amherst College was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and has held residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell.

Opposites in many ways, Matthew and Daniel have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.

In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship. What is Matthew’s place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel’s questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American? Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children.

The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment – or love? 

How do Daniel's complex feelings about Israel and this act of terror affect his ability to recover from his brother's death? And what kind of parents can these two men really be to children who have lost so much?

In All I Love and Know, when Daniel and Matthew travel to Israel, both sets of grandparents discover that Joel and Illana's will requests that their two children, 6 year-old Gal and baby Noam, be given to Daniel to raise. Though Illana's parents reside in Israel, they are aging Holocaust survivors and their daughter was determined to have her children grow up in a happier household. Despite the possibility of being geographically closer to their grandchildren, Daniel and Joel's parents feel equally affronted by this decision. Upsetting the expectations of both families, Daniel and Matthew are forced to reevaluate their own relationship in ways that are profound and heartbreaking, but coupled with glimmers of hope.

This beautiful novel is old-fashioned in its approach, taking its sweet time to tell a tender love story between two flawed, good-hearted people, and yet it feels wholly fresh… In her second novel (after Crybaby Butch, 2004), Frank not only explores the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but also presents the difficulties gay partners face in navigating the court system. Above all, though, this is a compassionate, utterly compelling story of how family members, torn apart by tragedy, must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge. – Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist, starred review

Deeply moving ... Frank shows profound empathy for her characters, making this book heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful. – Publishers Weekly
A thoughtful look at how grief isolates survivors and how families may, or may not, come together in crisis. – Library Journal
I Loved it! Read it non-stop. These people catch you by the heart so powerfully you can hardly believe it is a novel. I’ve already had to loan it to a friend.
– Dorothy Allison, award-winning author of Bastard out of Carolina
A tender novel that deals with the emotional riptides left by an act of terrorism long after the headlines have faded. It is a brave, moving, and deeply compelling book, written with grace, about the ways even love and family devotion are challenged when the worst occurs. – Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author
[This is] strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters: first-rate commercial fiction. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
This tender, intricate domestic drama both engages and informs what is arguably one of the critical issues of our time. It feels quite revolutionary, not just in the political sense, but in terms of the kind of stories we value. – Alison Bechdel, New York Times bestselling author of Fun Home

Frank in All I Love and Know masterfully combines two key issues – Israel/Palestine and gay marriage – to create a vivid world that is 'heartbreaking, yet jubilantly hopeful.' It is the thoughtful, provocative, unforgettable tale of family, love, and relationships that will leave readers questioning their own values.

Literature & Fiction / Speeches

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young –The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield (Seven Stories Press)

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) was among the few grandmasters of late 20th century American letters.

Best known as one of our most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. He himself never graduated college, so his words to any class of graduating seniors always carried the delight, and gentle irony of someone savoring an achievement he himself had not had occasion to savor on his own behalf.
Selected and introduced by fellow novelist and friend Dan Wakefield, the speeches in If This Isn't Nice, What Is?, capture this side of Vonnegut for the first time in book form. There are nine speeches, seven given at colleges, one to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award.

"But about my Uncle Alex, who is up in Heaven now," Vonnegut, an avowed Humanist, would say sometimes in a graduation speech, "one of the things he found objectionable about human beings was that they so rarely noticed it when they were happy. He himself did his best to acknowledge it when times were sweet. We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of an apple tree in the summertime, and Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, `If this isn't nice, what is?'"

Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut’s crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. – A.O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review
The material here offers us a slightly different lens, a different window, extending across a wide range of time and geography, from Fredonia College in Fredonia, New York in 1978 to Eastern Washington University in Spokane in 2004, and framed by not just Vonnegut’s sense of humor but also of humanity, his faith in our essential decency.
– David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times
These delightful scattershot commencement speeches offer fresh clues to what lay behind Kurt Vonnegut's twinkly visage – clues that are well worth celebrating.
– Peter Matthiessen

In each of the talks in If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn’t heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny and serious and joyful even if sometimes without seeming so.

Mythology / Folklore / Religion & Spirituality

The Handy Mythology Answer Book by David A. Leeming (The Handy Answer Book Series: Visible Ink Press)

Epic Tales and Classic Heroes. Vainglorious gods and irresistible seductresses. Beastly beasts and brutal warriors. Whether modem or ancient, every culture has its myths. They are vehicles for understanding religion, for learning language, and for understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing.

The Handy Mythology Answer Book by David A. Lemming, Ph.D., examines and explains, in plain English, numerous myths and mythology. Leeming spent eight years teaching at Robert College in Istanbul and twenty-six years at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he is an emeritus professor of English and comparative literature. He is also editor in chief of The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion.

From the ancient Greek and Roman to Egypt and Babylon, from Native North American Indian to Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, African, and the lesser known myths from around the world, The Handy Mythology Answer Book covers them. Whether it is the modern retelling of a classic myth or an ancient story about a Norse god, this resource demystifies the myth, looks at different archetypes and motifs, and even shows how myths help explain our existence and institutions. The book answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, including:

  • How and when did myths originate?
  • What are the three primary myth types?
  • What is the nature of Creation Myths?
  • How can myths be compared to dreams?
  • Why do humans tell myths?
  • What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead?
  • How is the epic of Gilgamesh like later epics?
  • Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth?
  • How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other?
  • What was the background myth of the Oedipus plays?
  • What was the nature of Roman mythology during the Roman Republic?
  • How did Christian narrative and tradition fit into and come to dominate the Roman mythological tradition?
  • How is Celtic culture and mythology related to the culture and mythology of Greek, Roman, and other cultures?
  • How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology?
  • What was the Aztec pantheon?
  • What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun?
  • Who are some Native American tricksters?
  • How did Freud use myths?
  • How is myth used in politics?

A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explain the world of mythology in The Handy Mythology Answer Book, a handy reference work.

Politics / Biographies & Memoirs

The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John W. Dean (Viking)

Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after Richard Nixon was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of his involvement in Watergate.
Based on Nixon’s overlooked recordings, New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean in The Nixon Defense connects the dots between what we’ve come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened.
Former White House Counsel Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it? Through narrative and contemporaneous dialogue, Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred and what was on the mysterious 18 1/2 minute gap in Nixon’s recorded conversations. Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony helped lead to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program.

Published to coincide with the August 9, 2014 fortieth anniversary of Nixon's resignation from office, Dean has uncovered the complete story of the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and discloses Nixon's part in it. Surprisingly, the primary source material for the true story of Nixon's role in Watergate – his secret recordings – have never been fully examined. In writing The Nixon Defense, Dean found over 600 conversations no one outside the National Archives had listened to, and he prepared his own transcripts of all the Watergate conversations (approximately 1,000) to reconstruct the full history of the scandal in a dramatic narrative, with dialogue drawn directly from all the recorded conversations. Before now, no one has attempted to examine and reconstruct this history based on this primary source material. Rather, historians and other student's of the Nixon presidency have chosen to ignore the full collection of secretly recorded White House conversations relating to Watergate, which slowly but surely have become almost fully available over the past four decades.

Dean presents a day-to-day record of the Nixon White House confronting the revelation of the break-in, strategizing its defense, and ultimately facing its downfall because of its lies. The Nixon Defense is not only a compelling and historic account of Watergate itself, but a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides, along with the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle.

The Nixon Defense is framed by a list of principal characters, a stage-setting prologue and an epilogue chronologically summarizing the events that occurred after the plug was pulled on the secret recording equipment that brought the Nixon presidency to an end. In addition, the author includes an appendix reporting that what the tapes reveal was the reason for the Watergate break-in. A second appendix, based on an expert investigation, shows that it was mechanically impossible for Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Wood, to have erased the portion of the tape that created the 18 1/2-minute gap. The recorded conversations make clear what, in fact, was erased.

Revelations include:

  • Though he claimed to know nothing about the cover-up of Watergate until informed by his White House counsel on March 21, 1973, Nixon started working on his contrived defense within days of the Watergate arrests.
  • Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman and top domestic adviser John Ehrlichman were Nixon's only sources of information other than the newspapers about Watergate during the first eight months after the Watergate arrests. They deliberately withheld information and lied to the president when he directly asked about their own involvement.
  • The reasons for the Watergate break-in can be gleaned from Haldeman's and Ehrlichman's conversations. Similarly, he could have known by June 20, 1972, when the 18 1/2-minute gap occurred becomes apparent, as does the reason for erasing this conversation.
  • President Nixon was hands-on in the cover-up and deeply involved in developing the core false story that deputy campaign director Jeb Magruder concocted to explain how G. Gordon Liddy had purportedly acted on his own and without authority, and the president was personally involved in raising money for the Watergate defendants.

The Nixon Defense is an unprecedented examination of what brought down a president. The book exposes the difference between what we've come to believe about the affair and what actually happened. In what will stand as the most authoritative account of one of America’s worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own time.

Politics / Latin America / History / Literature

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change edited by Mauricio A. Font and Araceli Tinajero (Paradigm Publishers)

Puzzled by the conditions that made possible a socialist revolution in Cuba the first and only in the Western Hemisphere, scholarship after 1959 focused on the historical and cultural aspects of the making of a revolutionary order. Since 2008, the end of Fidel Castro’s direct rule, world economic conditions and a wave of reforms and social transformation have forced a reconsideration of Cuban cultural and historical dynamics. The scholarly gaze is now on possibilities for alternative transformations rather than on the deepening of conventional twentieth-century state socialism.
Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts explores key themes in the current debate about Cuba’s contemporary cultural and historical dynamics. Leading academics from Cuba, the United States, and Europe bring to light significant revisions of the artistic and literary canon and the historical archive, and they reconsider often neglected subjects and dynamics in historiography as well as contemporary affairs.

The range of substantive areas includes new approaches to contentious mobilization, leftist activism, and youth organizations, past and present, as well as new views on the role of state institutions and the leading sugar sector. They cover a wide range of contemporary issues, such as relations between the Cuban state and intellectuals; institutional legitimation processes; the reconstruction of national identity discourses; new forms of differentiation; and modified framings for issues of gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Editors of Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts are Mauricio Font, Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York and Araceli Tinajero, Professor of Spanish at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York. Contributors include Rebecca Bodenheimer, Brenden M. Carbonell, Jerry W. Carlson, Kyle T. Doherty, Esther Suarez, Duran Mauricio, A. Font Arta, Maria Hernandez, Evelyn Powell Jennings, Ilka Kressner, Maria Encarnacion Lopez, Anne C. Luke, Albert Manke, Luis Martinez-Fernandez, Ana MaraSocarras Pinon, Rafael Rojas, Raul Rubio, Kirwin R. Shaffer, Julie Skurski, Paula Garcia Talavan, Araceli Tinajero, Nora Gamez, and Torres Elena Valdez.

If scholarship on Cuban studies after the 1959 revolution focused on the historical and cultural aspects of the construction of a socialist order, the post 1989 crisis of socialism in Central and Eastern Europe raised questions about the island's state as a socialist model. Analysts and academics wondered whether the defiant island would experience a manifold transformation akin to those of the former Soviet bloc. Instead, rebellious Cuba continually defied those expectations through the first decade of the twenty-first century, seemingly confirming views about Cuban exceptionalism. However, strains and changes gradually accumulating after the economic and structural shocks of the 1990s finally led to visibly changing dynamics following the formal end of Fidel Castro's direct rule in 2008.

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts explores the newly emergent themes and debates about Cuban society and history. The new dynamics in Cuban society and culture are part of broader structural developments that began accelerating in 2010 under the presidency of Raul Castro. After a long nationwide debate, Cuban policymakers drafted a set of guidelines, known as lineamientos, for economic reforms. Those guidelines' adoption a year later provided a detailed framework for reorganizing the economic and structural foundations of Cuban socialism. Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts explores the accompanying transformations in culture, society, and even civil society from the perspective of this shift.

More broadly, it draws from essays and discussions at conferences and seminars organized since the late 1990s by the Cuba Project and the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies (at CUNY) to better understand the changes since the early part of that decade. The gatherings focused on the impact of the Special Period after 1990, driven by the growing perception that Cuban society would be greatly affected by the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the socialist bloc in Central and Eastern Europe – the island's biggest ally and provider. The harsh realities of the Special Period produced unexpected, often-negative changes in the lives of individuals, the dynamism of the economy, and the reach of the state. With Cuban society as a whole challenged to find a new place in the changing global economy, emergent trends in internal economic, social, cultural, and even political life would eventually add up to great transformations. Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts reflects that general view and the essays from those meetings.

The essays in Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts update the context for understanding the devel­opment of Cuban history, society, and culture in a fluid historical context. Following a thorough introduction by Julie Skurski, Part I revisits long-lasting questions within the changing historical context: national identity; transnationalism since the nineteenth century to the present, including the impact of international anarchists who traveled to Cuba in the early years of the republic; subtleties of Cuban-US ties through migration; various aspects of the sugar economy; and the range of forces active in the struggle against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship. Chapter 6 illustrates the role of transnational activists in brokering links between the Cuban anarchy movement and international anarchism. Chapters 4 and 5 explore the economic, social, and political ramifications of Cuba's historical dependence on sugar and its impact prior to 1959. Chapter 3 sheds light on the issues that led to the mobilization of dissatisfied citizens, without which the revolutionary project could have not survived. Similarly, the advent of the revolution marked the development of a strong ethos of youth. As these chapters reconsider conventional concepts in Cuban history, they help open fresh paths for future research.

Historian and writer Rafael Rojas introduces Part II, on literature and intellectuals. Works in this part delve into literary criticism and cultural studies in twenty-first-century Cuba, including explorations of intellectuals who emerged as civil actors before, during, and after the revolution, and who continue to shape Cuban literature, culture, and society. Some chapters examine alternative discourses, including those of marginalized communities. In this vein, one study treats the city of Havana as a metaphor for the dysfunctions and lost heritage of the revolutionary legacy. Chapter 8 explores how Afro-Cuban intellectuals dealing with race issues contributed to nationalist narratives despite the eventual marginalization of some of these thinkers. Chapter 10 is a discussion of Reinaldo Arenas's exile. The essays on representations of urban life in Havana include one (Chapter 11) on Leonardo Padura, arguably the greatest exponent of the new detective novel in Cuba, and another (Chapter 12) on Antonio Jose Ponte's haunting image of Havana at the end of the twentieth century as a city in ruins, viewing it as part of the legacies of the Cuban Revolution. Again, these essays serve as invitations to reinterpret the island's intellectual scene and culture.

Part III of Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts introduced by Ana Maria Hernandez and Raul Rubio, concentrates on themes related to the arts, especially on the changes and trends taking place during and after the Special Period. Essays on music, dance, film, theater, literature, the plastic arts, and fashion document the changing patterns of the interaction between artists, writers, and other intellectuals with the state, shedding light on their roles in reshaping culture and society. Moreover, these studies show how internal shifts are interconnected with international actors and global processes and the ways in which some groups carve out space for themselves through artistic endeavors. The research presented in this part comments on the socio-political context of performance and the fine arts in a changing Cuba. Scholars discuss issues of national identity, race, and ethnicity in the arts. The figures and groups discussed have taken steps toward contesting the official version of national culture, such as in music, where young musicians are redefining boundaries through their own interpretations of emigration and national identity. Other authors in this section bring out new developments in Cuban drama, examine changing values, highlight the sense of frustration or disillusionment, and comment on opportunities for creative work. Chapters 15, 16, and 17 examine the tensions between the growing market economy and state control, noting that artistic production is taking place in an increasingly globalized context. In that vein, Chapter 14 examines the politics of place within the tourist industry, comparing the conditions of rumba performance in Havana and Matanzas. The essays on music discuss the extent to which economic transformations have affected music and performance, and the divide between art produced for national consumption and art produced for international or cultural tourism. As a whole, this section documents significant changes in the world of the arts as a result of changes in economic structure. Above all, it identifies artistic trends reflecting a movement toward reconfiguration of contemporary Cuban society beyond the ever-present debate of national identity to explore plurality and openness.

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts brings together notable examples of the new and recent scholarship on Cuban history. The studies go beyond the old paradigms, including those of traditional revolutionary nationalism. The focus on disillusionment and even ruins, often accompanied by new emphases on issues of identity and otherness, illustrates the broad and deep search for new frameworks to make sense of behaviors and perspectives that are in need of study. The new field of Cuban studies itself cannot help but change in tune with the rhythm of ongoing and anticipated transformations in Cuban society.

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts offers in one volume a comprehensive view of the status of Cuban studies today. The book illuminates the growing salience of social issues and changes in music, literature, cinema, and theater, thus fostering a fuller understanding of historical and current social dynamics of a Cuba in transformation today. This compilation contributes to the development of a framework for understanding the ongoing transformations in the presence of changing structural dynamics.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Family Practice / Diagnosis / Reference

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Ferri's Medical Solutions Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 is an effective way to access current diagnostic and therapeutic information on more than 700 common medical conditions. Dr. Ferri's popular ‘5 books in 1’ format provides quick guidance on short QT syndrome, microscopic polyangitis, and fungal meningitis. Now featuring expanded online components, this medical reference makes the answers clinicians need easier to find.

With Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 clinicians are able to:

  • 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 broad range of disorders, including diabetic foot infections, hypergonadism, and acute liver failure, with 22 new topics in the Diseases & Disorders section.
  • Improve their interpretation of presenting symptoms with 38 new topics and 40 new images in the Differential Diagnosis section, and optimize patient care with more than 250 new figures and tables.
  • 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 their search.
  • Expedite insurance reimbursements with current ICD-9 and future ICD-10 insurance billing codes.
  • Access full-color images and more than 90 online-only topics at Expert Consult, as well as EBMs, Suggested Reading, Patient Teaching Guides, and additional algorithms.

The editor in chief of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 is Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. The book has eight section editors: Ruben Alvero, M.D. Director, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Division Director, REI, Vice Chairman for Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado – Denver, Aurora, Colorado; Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., M.S., Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School, Brown University; Harald Alexander Hall, M.D., Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston; Sachin Kedar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Director, Neurology Residency Program, Director, Neuro-ophthalmology Service, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington; Gagan D. Sahni, M.D., FACC, FACP, Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital Center, New York; Steven M. Sepe, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Department of Medicine, Roger Williams Medical Center, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean, Boston University School of Medicine, Providence; and Iris L. Tong, M.D. Director, Women's Primary Care, Women's Medicine Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence. The volume has 284 contributors.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 is divided into five sections and an appendix, each with emphasis on clinical information. The tremendous success of the previous editions and the enthusiastic comments from numerous colleagues have brought about several positive changes. Each section has been significantly expanded from prior editions, bringing the total number of medical topics covered in Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 to more than 1000. Nearly 500 new illustrations and tables have been added to this edition to enhance recollection of clinically important facts. The expedited claims submission and reimbursement, ICD-10CM codes have been added to all the topics, along with existing ICD-9CM codes.

Contents of the volume includes:

SECTION I                 Diseases and Disorders

SECTION II                Differential Diagnosis

SECTION III               Clinical Algorithms

SECTION IV              Laboratory Tests and Interpretation of Results

SECTION V                Clinical Practice Guidelines

APPENDIX I               Definitions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Terms

APPENDIX II             Nutrition

APPENDIX III            Acute Poisoning

APPENDIX IV            Impairment and Disability Issues

APPENDIX V             Primary Care Procedures, available online

APPENDIX VI            Patient Teaching Guides, available online

Section I of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 describes in detail more than 800 medical disorders. Twenty-one new topics have been added to the 2015 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. Throughout the text, key quick-access information is consistently highlighted, clinical photographs are used to further illustrate selected medical conditions, and relevant ICD-10CM codes are listed. Evidence-based medicine data have been added to relevant topics.

Section II includes the differential diagnosis, etiology, and classification of signs and symptoms. This section has been significantly expanded for the 2015 edition with the addition of 38 new topics. It is a practical section that allows users 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 new algorithms have been added for the 2015 edition. Physicians describe this section as 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 2015.

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 is divided into six major sections. Section I contains extensive information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This appendix lessens 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 is a guide on impairment and disability evaluation. Section V, available online, contains an extensive section on primary care procedures. Section VI 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 this book, are available online to be customized and printed from any computer.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 is a clear and concise reference for physicians and allied health professionals. Its user-friendly format provides a fast and efficient way to identify important clinical information and to offer practical guidance in patient management. The patient instruction sheets represent a valuable addition to patient care and are useful for improving physician-patient communication, patient satisfaction, and quality of care.

This is a state-of-the-art information system with significant differences from existing texts. It contains five sections and patient education guides that could be sold separately based on their content, yet are available under a single cover, offering readers a tremendous value. The user-friendly approach, numerous unique features, and yearly updates make Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015 a valuable medical reference.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Orthopaedic Surgery

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, 1st edition by Giles R Scuderi MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Total joint arthroplasty has proved to be a successful and durable operation for the management of arthritic disease of the hip and the knee. As the number of primary total joint arthroplasties has increased exponentially each year, there has been a similar increase in the number of revisions. The modes of failure are multifactorial and occur despite improvements in materials, implant designs, and surgical techniques. When failure occurs and revision becomes necessary, it is important to understand the cause of the failure and to proceed with the appropriate surgical technique to avoid a recurrence in the future.

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty is an authoritative volume that gives clinicians a problem-based approach to revision arthroplasty of both the hip and knee. Dr. Giles Scuderi and other leading experts from North America and Western Europe present their favored surgical procedures and post-surgical management strategies in this heavily illustrated, video-intensive reference.

With Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, clinicians are able to:

  • Get expert guidance on implant choice, management of complications (including infection and wound healing), and failure of mechanisms, as well as step-by-step surgical techniques.
  • Quickly find the exact information they need with a straightforward ‘need to know’ approach, including surgical tips and pearls.
  • Stay up to date with new insights regarding anatomic landmarks, recommended reconstruction options in revision surgery, including management of bone defects and instability.
  • Access the fully searchable contents of the book and an abundance of surgical videos online at Expert Consult.

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty has 4 section editors and 120 contributors. The chief editor is Giles R. Scuderi, MD, Vice President, Orthopaedic Service Line, Northshore LIJ Health System, Director, Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, New York. Section Editors are Alfred J. Tria, Jr., MD, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and William J. Long, MD, FRCSC, Director, Attending Surgeon and Michael N. Kang, MD, Attending Surgeon, both at Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, St. Francis Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty provides a systematic approach for revision of a failed total joint arthroplasty. Each chapter addresses a specific issue that has led to the failure of the implant and then describes a methodical approach for the surgical correction. The contributors, all well known in the field, describe their techniques and the step-wise approaches that are necessary. They include case presentations from their own experience when this proved helpful in the overall discussion.

Chapters of Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty and their authors include:


  1. The Economics of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty – Patrick Horst, Robert C. Sproul, and Kevin J. Bozic
  2. History and Physical Examination for the Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty – Joseph W. Greene, George N. Guild III, Theo Zois, and Giles R. Scuderi
  3. Aspiration and Serology Testing – Hany Bedair and Craig J. Della Valle
  4. Imaging in the Failed Total Knee Arthroplasty – Aravind Athiviraham, Kevin R. Math, and Giles R. Scuderi
  5. An Algorithmic Approach to the Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty – Giles R. Scuderi and Henry D. Clarke


  1. Medial Arthrotomy – Aree Tanavalee
  2. Quadriceps Snip – Kevin L. Garvin and Nicholas S. Aberle
  3. V-Y Quadriceps Turndown – Varah Yuenyongviwat and Russell E. Windsor
  4. Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy – Rodney W. Benner and Giles R. Scuderi
  5. Exposures for Revision Knee Arthroplasty – Gregory G. Polkowski and Jay R. Lieberman


  1. Implant Removal in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty – J. Bellemans


  1. Principles of Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty – Alfred J. Tria, Jr.
  2. Revising the Failed Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty – Simon Donell


  1. Manipulation – Henry D. Clarke and Mark J. Spangehl
  2. Nonrevision Surgery – Brett Levine and Aaron G. Rosenberg
  3. Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty – David Fabi, Brett Levine, and Aaron G. Rosenberg


  1. Balancing the Gaps – Ajit J. Deshmukh and Giles R. Scuderi
  2. Use of Constrained Implants – Alfred J. Tria, Jr.
  3. Management of Knee Instability: Use of Hinged Implants – Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., and Adam G. Bergeson


  1. Classification of Bone Defects – Brian K. Daines and Douglas A. Dennis
  2. Management of Bone Defects Using Bone Graft – Kevin Cassidy and William B. Macaulay
  3. Bone Graft      

·        Impaction Bone Grafting – Leo A. Whiteside

·        Structural Bone Grafting – Orry Erez and Giles R. Scuderi

  1. Prosthetic Augmentation          

·        Metaphyseal Fixation – Adam A. Sassoon and Arlen D. Hanssen

·        Case Presentation: Knee Megaprosthesis – R. Michael Meneghini


  1. Patella Instability – Erik N. Hansen and Jess H. Lonner
  2. Patellar Component Loosening – Atul F. Kamath and Gwo-Chin Lee
  3. Patellar Bone Loss       

·        Patellar Bone Grafting – Michael J. Taunton and Arlen D. Hanssen

·        Management of Patellar Bone Loss: Patella Augmentation – Jason G. Dalling and Giles R. Scuderi

  1. Acute and Chronic Patellar Tendon Ruptures after Total Knee Arthroplasty – Bryan D. Springer
  2. Acute and Chronic Quadriceps Tendon Ruptures after Total Knee Arthroplasty – George N. Guild III, Joseph W. Greene, and Giles R. Scuderi


  1. Periprosthetic Fractures           

·        Classification of Periprosthetic Femur Fractures Occurring with Total Knee Arthroplasty – Matthew P. Abdel and Rafael J. Sierra

·        Classification of Periprosthetic Tibial Fractures Occurring with Total Knee Arthroplasty – Matthew P. Abdel and Rafael J. Sierra

·        Periprosthetic Fractures: Treatment Options after Total Knee Arthroplasty – Russell Presley Swann and Rafael J. Sierra

  1. Periprosthetic Fractures Associated with Total Knee Arthroplasty – Robert E. Mayle, Jr., Brett Levine, Rafael J. Sierra, and Wayne G. Paprosky
  2. Classification and Treatment of Patella Fractures – Prabhudev Prasad A. Purudappa and Terrence J. Gioe


  1. Overview of the Microbiology – Javad Parvizi, Vinay K. Aggarwal, and Nitin Goyal
  2. Two-Stage Revision    

·        Articulating Spacer in Two-Stage Revisions – Jacob T. Munro, Bassam A. Masri, Donald S. Garbuz, and Nelson V. Greidanus

·        Static Spacer in Two-Stage Revisions – Robert Pivec, Jason K. Lowry, and Michael A. Mont

  1. Irrigation and Debridement with Component Retention for Acute Periprosthetic Total Knee Arthroplasty Infections – Chris S. Estes, Mark J. Spangehl, and Henry D. Clarke
  2. One-Stage Revision – Jean-Yves Jenny, Bruno Barbe, Jeannot Gaudias, Cyril Boeri, Sebastien Parratte, JeanNoel Argenson, and Jean-Francois Kempf


  1. Wound Management – Henry D. Clarke, William J. Casey III, and Alanna M. Rebecca
  2. Soft Tissue Coverage – Henry D. Clarke, Alanna M. Rebecca, and William J. Casey III


  1. Evaluation of the Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty: History and Physical Examination – Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., and Adam G. Bergeson
  2. Mechanisms of Failure: Indications for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – David H. Le and James I. Huddleston
  3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty – Mark J. Decker and Cono William Gallo
  4. Radiographic Evaluation of the Symptomatic Total Hip Arthroplasty – Michael N. Kang


  1. Acetabular Bone Loss: Case Presentations – Shawn Garbedian, David Backstein, Allan E. Gross, and Oleg A. Safir
  2. Acetabular Bone Loss Classification – Shawn Garbedian, David Backstein, Allan E. Gross, and Oleg A. Safir
  3. Recommended Acetabular Reconstruction Options – Shawn Garbedian, David Backstein, Allan E. Gross, and Oleg A. Safir
  4. Surgical Techniques: Socket Removal – Shawn Garbedian, David Backstein, Allan E. Gross, and Oleg A. Safir


  1. Femoral Bone Loss Classification – William J. Long and Orry Erez
  2. Femoral Component Removal – William J. Long and Orry Erez
  3. Femoral Reconstruction Options in Revision Hip Arthroplasty – Ajit J. Deshmukh and William J. Long


  1. Posterolateral Approach to the Hip – Anand Srinivasan, Brett Levine, and Aaron G. Rosenberg
  2. Direct Lateral Approach to the Hip – Stuart B. Goodman
  3. Direct Anterior Approach to Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Anthony T. Carter
  4. Extended Trochanteric Osteotomy for Femoral Revision – Darwin Chen and Richard Berger
  5. Exposure for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Gregory G. Polkowski, Jay R. Lieberman, Scott M. Sporer, and Andrew A. Shinar


  1. Management of Cavitary Defects – Qais Naziri, Jason K. Lowly, and Harpal S. Khanuja
  2. Management of Segmental and Column Defects – Harpal S. Khanuja, Qais Naziri, and Jason K. Lowry
  3. Management of Protrusio Defects – Harpal S. Khanuja, Kimona Issa, and Qais Naziri
  4. Landmarks to Determine the Anatomic Hip Center of Rotation – Ormonde M. Mahoney
  5. Acetabular Reconstruction with a Jumbo Socket – Russell Presley Swann and Tad M. Mabry
  6. Acetabular Reconstruction       

·        Options for Acetabular Revision – Derek R. Jenkins, Rafael J. Sierra, and David G. Lewallen

·        Surgical Techniques: Metal Augments – Derek R. Jenkins, Rafael J. Sierra, and David G. Lewallen


  1. Cemented Femoral Revision in Total Hip Arthroplasty – Christopher M. Haydon and R. Stephen J. Burnett


  1. Femoral Revision Arthroplasty with a Modular Cementless Prosthesis – Parthiv A. Rathod and Jose A. Rodriguez
  2. Proximal Porous-Coated Modular Stems: Surgical Technique – Parthiv A. Rathod and Jose A. Rodriguez


  1. Case Presentations: Extensively Porous-Coated, Cylindrical Stems – Nicolas O. Noiseux and Lukas M. Nystrom
  2. Surgical Techniques: Extensively Porous-Coated, Cylindrical Stems – Nicolas O. Noiseux and Lukas M. Nystrom
  3. Modular, Fluted, Tapered, Grit-Blasted Titanium Stems for Femoral Revision – David J. Biau, Nelson V. Greidanus, Donald S. Garbuz, Clive P. Duncan, and Bassam A. Masri
  4. Megaprosthesis of the Hip – Brian J. Keyes and R. Michael Meneghini


  1. Conversion of Prior Surgery to Total Hip Arthroplasty – Michael N. Kang
  2. Instability after Total Hip Arthroplasty – Jeffrey A. Geller
  3. Management of Wear and Osteolysis – James I. Huddleston and William J. Maloney
  4. Management of Thigh Pain in Cementless Arthroplasty – Carlos J. Lavernia and Jesus M. Villa
  5. Periprosthetic Femoral Fractures Associated with Total Hip Arthroplasty – Robert E. Mayle, Jr., and Wayne G. Paprosky
  6. Revision Arthroplasty for Periprosthetic Femoral Fracture – David Watson and Brad Deafenbaugh
  7. Revision of Articular Bearing Complications     

·        Revision of Metal-on-Metal Bearing Surfaces in Hip Arthroplasty – Skylar Johnson, Oladapo M. Babatunde, Jonathan Lee, and William B. Macaulay

·        Ceramic-on-Ceramic Bearing Surfaces – Gregory K. Deirmengian, Carl A. Deirmengian, and William J. Hozack


  1. History and Diagnostic Testing – Javad Parvizi, Nitin Goyal, and Vinay K. Aggarwal
  2. Single-Stage Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Michael P. Nett
  3. Two-Stage Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Sanjai Shukla and Craig J. Della Valle

The contributors to Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, all well known in the field, provide a practical guide for the management of all causes of revision. The volume assists surgeons in the preoperative planning and the intraoperative surgical techniques. It is a one-stop, go-to guide for successful revision surgery for a myriad of complications. Straight-forward, heavily illustrated, and video-intensive, it implements an efficient, problem-based approach to revision arthroplasty.

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Netter's Correlative Imaging: Neuroanatomy, 1st edition by Thomas C. Lee MD and Srinivasan Mukundan Jr. MD PhD, with series editor Nancy M. Major, MD (Netter Clinical Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)

The study of anatomy, by its very nature, exposes students to both the forms and the functions responsible for the inner workings of the human body – one of the most elegant demonstrations of the synthesis of art and science. This statement is never truer than when reviewing the works of Frank H. Netter, MD (1906-1991) – his monumental works of art have educated countless generations of physicians and will continue to do so for years to come.

Students are able to interpret the complexities of neuroanatomy like never before with the unparalleled coverage and expert guidance from Drs. Srinivasan Mukundan and Thomas C. Lee in this outstanding volume of the Netter's Correlative Imaging series: Neuroanatomy. Instructive Netter paintings and illustrated cross-sections created in the Netter style are presented side by side with high-quality patient images and key anatomic descriptions to help students envision and review intricate neuroanatomy.

With Neuroanatomy students and clinicians are able to:

  • View the brain, spinal cord, and cranial nerves, as well as head and neck anatomy through modern imaging techniques in a variety of planes, complemented with a detailed illustration of each slice done in the Netter style.
  • Find anatomical landmarks easily through comprehensive labeling and concise text highlighting key points related to the illustration and image pairings.
  • Correlate patient data to idealized normal anatomy, always in the same view with the same labeling system.
  • Access where they can quickly and simultaneously scroll through images and illustrations.

Editors of Neuroanatomy include Thomas C. Lee, MD, Assistant Section Head, Neuroradiology, Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Srinivasan Mukundan, JR., MD, PhD, Neuroradiology, Network Chief, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard University, Boston. The series editor is Nancy M. Major, MD, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Orthopaedic Associates of Allentown, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Illustrations are by Frank H. Netter, MD with contributing illustrators Tiffany Slaybaugh DaVanzo, MA, CMI and Carlos Machado, MD.

The evolution of cross-sectional imaging technologies, including computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has allowed physicians and aspiring physicians the ability to peer into the human body in many ways previously impossible. This, in turn, has forced the review of anatomy in a manner that was not contemplated when Dr. Netter began rendering his artwork more than three-quarters of a century ago. Limited spatial and temporal resolution, tissue parameters, image contrast, and partial volume averaging are all issues that confound the interpretation of MRI and CT images and are not part of conventional anatomic teaching in the dissection laboratory.

Despite the changing nature of the anatomy education problem, Netter's approach still provides the template for how to teach modern medical imaging. By directly correlating cross-sectional medical images with ‘Netter art’ that is voxel matched, students are provided with the key to unlock the anatomy hidden within.

Many existing textbooks with radiology images and clarifying illustrations focus on showing 3D renderings for better understanding of the entire course of a particular structure, such as a cranial nerve. The goal of Neuroanatomy, however, is to provide a more rigorous ‘slice-by-slice’ reference guide for both the cross-sectional medical image and the corresponding illustration. For instance, someone may understand the general course of the facial nerve, yet still have difficulty identifying the fractional component of this structure on a single axial image. Conversely, individuals may need help identifying an unknown structure on a given image, particularly in the coronal or sagittal planes. Finally, the imaging characteristics on CT versus different sequences of MRI, such as T1- or T2-weighted imaging, can often be confusing.

Neuroanatomy remains true to the goals of the Netter's Correlative Imaging series. There is high-quality imaging, allowing the demonstration of important anatomic structures, including structures not always included in other sources. Neuroanatomy also serves as a user-friendly anatomy reference for commonly employed imaging techniques of the brain, head, neck, and spine. In addition, normal variant anatomy and clinical pearls are presented.

Contents of Neuroanatomy include:


  2. BRAIN: Axial, Coronal, Sagittal
  4. LIMBIC SYSTEM: Axial, Coronal, Sagittal

Olfactory Nerve (CN I): Axial, Coronal

Optic Nerve (CN II): Axial, Coronal, Sagittal

Oculomotor Nerve (CN III): Axial, Coronal

Trochlear Nerve (CN IV): Axial, Coronal

Trigeminal Nerve (CN V): Axial, Sagittal, Coronal

Abducens (CN VI): Facial, (CN VII), and Vestibulocochlear (VIII): Nerves Axial, Sagittal

Glossopharyngeal (CN IX), Vagus (CN X), Accessory (CN XI), and Hypoglossal (CN XII): Nerves Axial

  2. SELLA TURCICA: Coronal, Sagittal


  2. PARANASAL SINUSES: Axial, Coronal
  3. ORBITS: Axial, Coronal


  2. SPINE

Cervical Spine: Axial, Coronal, Sagittal

Thoracic Spine: Axial, Sagittal

Lumbosacral Spine: Axial, Sagittal

In-depth coverage, access to correlated images online, and concise, descriptive text make this unique atlas a comprehensive, one-stop, normal-anatomy reference for today’s busy imaging specialists and clinicians. Neuroanatomy will serve as a primary source of knowledge to novices and as a reference text for seasoned veterans and be useful on a daily basis. Structures are labeled using the most common terms and should be acceptable to radiologists, neurosurgeons, and neurologists.

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Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, 1st edition edited by James Paul O'Neill MD MB FRCSI MBA MMSc ORL-HNS and Jatin P. Shah MD MS (Surg) PhD (Hon) FACS Hon. FRCS (Edin) Hon. FRACS Hon. FDSRCS (Lond) (Elsevier Saunders)

Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology is a comprehensive medical reference book that showcases international, expert knowledge and judgment in the practice of head and neck surgery and oncology. It offers a variety of true/false statements and multiple-choice questions, as well as patient and case histories, and coverage of the newest technologies. Readers will benefit from initially taking the examination, pursuing the topic further by reviewing the core knowledge, and then gaining further knowledge from reading the recommended textbooks.

With Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology clinicians are able to:

  • Test their expertise with various forms of self-assessment including true/false statements and multiple-choice questions throughout.
  • Take advantage of patient and case histories accompanied by real-life photographs and scans.
  • Reference the correct answer to every question, which is followed by a bulleted list of the minimum core knowledge required for that particular area.
  • Access the most current information on new technologies, outcomes data, results of clinical trials, and future directions.
  • Further their research with a list of suggested readings included in each chapter.
  • Search the full text online at Expert Consult.

Editors of Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology are James Paul O'Neill, MD, MB, FRCSI, MMSc, MBA, ORL-HNS, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland, Consultant Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Jatin P. Shah, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Hon), FDSRCS (Hon), FMCS (Hon), Chief, Head and Neck Service, E.W. Strong Chair in Head and Neck Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York. Associate Editors are Ian Ganly, MD, PhD, FRCS; Luc G.T. Morris, MD, MSc; Snehal Patel, MD, MS, FRCS; Ashok Shaha, MD, FACS; and Bhuvanesh Singh, MD, PhD, FACS. The book has 23 contributors.

The term ‘cancer of the head and neck’ generally includes neoplasms arising from the mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract, including the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, as well as tumors of the salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and neoplasms arising from the skin, soft tissues, and bones of the craniofacial skeleton. Tumors of neurovascular origin and those arising in the ear canal, temporal bone, orbit, and skull base are also included. Over the course of the past century, the specialty treating these tumors has evolved into a very complex multidisciplinary field requiring the expertise of head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, maxillofacial/dental surgeons, reconstructive microsurgeons, and other allied specialists.

No specialty or board certification examination is available in this complex field, and thus there is no measure of one's competency in the specialty. The graduates of the senior fellowship program in head and neck surgery and oncology and the faculty of the head and neck program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York have created this self-assessment compendium to measure the basic knowledge required of an individual engaged in the specialty of head and neck surgery and oncology. This book by no means is sufficient to measure competency in the specialty, nor is it intended to be sufficient to gain certification in the specialty. On the other hand, it introduces readers to the process of self-assessment of knowledge, judgment, an algorithmic thinking process, and the decision-making ability in dealing with day-to-day problems in patients with neoplasms arising in the head and neck.

Each chapter in Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology contains a topic, following the sequence of the chapters in Jatin Shah's Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Fourth Edition. The questions are presented in three categories: (1) True or False, (2) Single Best Answer, and (3) Multiple Choice combinations. Each chapter includes the basic Core Knowledge required and has a Suggested Reading list. The answers to the questions are provided at the end of each chapter.

Chapters in Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology and their authors include:

  1. Skin – Luc G.T. Morris, MD
  2. Eyelids and Orbit – Andrew G. Shuman, MD
  3. Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses – Ellie Maghami, MD
  4. Skull Base – James Paul O'Neill, MD
  5. Lips and Oral Cavity – Ian Ganly, MD
  6. Pharynx and Esophagus – Arash Mohebati, MD • James Paul O'Neill, MD
  7. Larynx and Trachea – Jeffrey Chang-Jen Liu, MD
  8. Cervical Lymph Nodes – Patrick Sheahan, MD
  9. Thyroid and Parathyroid – Iain James Nixon, PhD
  10. Salivary Glands – Daniel Louis Price, MD • James Paul O'Neill, MD
  11. Neurogenic Tumors and Paragangliomas – Natalya Chernichenko, MD
  12. Soft Tissue Tumors – James Paul O'Neill, MD
  13. Bone Tumors and Odontogenic Tumors – Rahmatullah Rahmati, MD
  14. Reconstructive Surgery – Babak Givi, MD • Mark D. Delacure, MD
  15. Oncological Dentistry: Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Implants – George C. Bohle III, DDS
  16. Radiation Oncology – Nadeem Riaz, MD • Nancy Lee, MD
  17. Chemotherapy – Matthew Fury, MD
  18. Radiology – Hilda Stambuk, MD
  19. Pathology – Nora Katabi, MD
  20. Molecular Oncology – Volkert Wreesmann, MD
  21. Surgical Anatomy – James Paul O'Neill, MD
  22. Nutrition – Allen S. Ho, MD
  23. Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Caitriona O'Neill, PhD

Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology is a comprehensive medical reference book that showcases international, expert knowledge and judgment in the practice of head and neck surgery and oncology. This resource is perfectly suited for otolaryngology residents, oncologists, and surgeons who wish to measure their understanding of how to effectively manage the day-to-day problems and issues arising in patients with neoplasms of the head and neck. The book will stimulate readers to remain engaged in continuing medical education in order to remain current with this rapidly advancing specialty.

Professional & Technical / Psychology & Counseling / Psychotherapy / Diagnosis & Treatment

The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: Practical Guidance for Clinical Decision Making by Rochelle I. Frank PhD & Joan Davidson PhD, with a foreword by Jacqueline B. Persons PhD (New Harbinger Publications)

Transdiagnostic treatment is the future of psychology.
Mounting evidence shows that moving beyond treatment protocols that focus on a singular diagnosis and toward transdiagnostic approaches that target psychological mechanisms can improve outcomes. The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning is the first book to provide an empirically-based method for identifying specific psychological mechanisms underlying clients’ presenting problems and symptoms and linking them to clinical interventions that comprise individualized treatment plans. Authors are Rochelle I. Frank, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Oakland, CA, who maintains a private practice and is also an assistant clinical professor in the clinical science program at the University of California, Berkeley and Joan Davidson, PhD, codirector and founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and assistant clinical professor in the clinical science program at the University of California, Berkeley.
The transdiagnostic approach outlined in The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning signals a revolutionary departure from traditional treatments relying on DSM categorization. It builds on existing case formulation approaches by bridging research on psychological mechanisms with a practical guide to assessment and treatment.

The book provides a compass for navigating both simple and complex cases to arrive at a more effective, individualized type of treatment planning – one that is tailored to the client's specific needs. This transdiagnostic approach focuses on the mechanisms that underlie client symptoms. It offers a departure from traditional treatments relying on DSM categorization and provides mental health professionals with essential tools for treating a broad range of client problems. Finally, it builds on existing case formulation approaches by bridging research on psychological mechanisms with practical steps for assessment and treatment.

According to Jacqueline B. Persons in the foreword, The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning provides a GPS for the psychotherapist whose goal is to provide treatment that is caring, based in science, and individualized to meet the needs of each patient. The road to this destination can be difficult to locate and follow for many reasons. One is that the empirically supported treatment (EST) protocols developed by the scientific community typically target a single DSM disorder. But most individuals who seek treatment have multiple disorders and problems, many of which are not DSM disorders. To adapt the EST protocols to the needs of the patient with multiple disorders, the typical clinician uses a mix-and-match strategy, pulling interventions from multiple protocols to meet the needs of a particular patient in the moment.

Complicating the navigational difficulties was the fact that scientists have developed dozens of EST protocols – more than any clinician can learn. In addition, the advent of new theoretical models means clinicians must make decisions about whether it is acceptable to integrate diverse models, and if so, how. That challenge has become particularly acute with the arrival of mindfulness-, dialectical-, acceptance-, and compassion-focused approaches in the third wave of cognitive behavioral therapies. Clinicians who confront these challenges need help in accessing and using all of the information produced by the scientific and academic communities to make good clinical decisions.

Frank and Davidson in The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning describe a model that calls for the therapist to develop a conceptualization for each case that, together with progress-monitoring data, guides decision making. The heart of the formulation is one or more psychological mechanisms (such as intolerance of uncertainty, perfectionism, problematic schemas, and experiential avoidance) and hypotheses about how these mechanisms operate and interact to cause the patient's disorders and problems. The authors describe how to use mechanism hypotheses and progress monitoring data to select interventions and make other clinical decisions to guide therapy as it goes forward.

Amid today’s flood of books and cacophony of webinars and podcasts, Frank and Davidson’s sage advice stands out in this unique text on transdiagnostic road maps. This book is well written with clinical acumen and a solid link to the empirical literature on comorbidity. It should be required reading for all students, clinicians, and researchers in the field. I highly recommend it! – Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

… Rochelle Frank and Joan Davidson have written a very timely, important, and useful book that will be of use to clinicians, researchers, and students of mental health. Anyone who is interested in understanding how the latest research on mechanisms that cut across diagnostic boundaries can inform a practical, evidence-based guide to treatment will benefit from reading this book. – Ann Kring, PhD, vice chair and professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

This book is the first clinically accessible attempt to use transdiagnostic research to create a powerful new form of functional analysis: one that is specific, testable, replicable, and modifiable. As the DSM-V stumbles, this book presents the exciting possibility that we now have enough transdiagnostic knowledge to create a categorization system that will help practitioners select interventions based on their usefulness in targeting identified processes of change. The details could be mistaken, but this is a bold and creative step forward that deserves the attention of practitioners and researchers alike. – Steven C. Hayes, PhD, foundation professor and director of clinical training at University of Nevada and cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

How cognitive behavioral therapists need this book! Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is in a transitional phase. There is increasing focus on transdiagnostic processes and process mechanisms such as avoidance, ruminative thinking, and anxiety sensitivity that underpin many of the problems we see clinically. But up until now, no one has really put this together in a coherent ‘how to’ form for clinicians. These authors have done it! The book is rich in illustrative examples and helpful ways to think about CBT interventions. I found myself constantly stimulated, as well as challenged, to make adaptations to my approach as a CBT therapist. – James Bennett-Levy, PhD, associate professor at the University of Sydney and coeditor of the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy and the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy

The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning by Frank and Davidson is an excellent guide to implementing state-of-the-art cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Their review of the key processes and mechanisms underlying disorders and innovative use of case conceptualization will give the clinician valuable tools to use with clients [suffering from] a wide range of difficulties. I highly recommend this excellent book to any therapist interested in going beyond simple diagnosis. – Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

In this engaging book, the authors provide a comprehensive array of transdiagnostic mechanisms, review the evidence for these mechanisms, and link these mechanisms to a transdiagnostic model that provides the basis of individualized case formulation and treatment. The strength of this approach is that it allows a guiding framework for incorporating strategies from different diagnostic protocols when there are currently few evidence supported treatments for comorbidity.… I would highly recommend this book to any professional working with clients with comorbid disorders who is interested in a practical, integrated transdiagnostic approach to treatment. – Sarah Egan, clinical psychologist and senior research fellow at the school of psychology and speech pathology, Curtin University, Australia

Readers of The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning are clearly in the hands of experienced psychotherapists. The book gives mental health professionals an essential resource for treating a broad range of patient problems. It can serve as the compass for navigating both simple and complex cases to arrive at a more effective type of treatment planning – one that is tailored to client’s specific needs and targets the underlying mechanisms responsible for driving and maintaining their presenting problems and symptoms. If readers are interested in treating patients with symptoms that span different diagnostic categories, or are struggling to keep up with the growing number of disorder-based protocols, this book is an important addition to their professional library.

Religion & Spirituality / Ancient / Archaeology / Architecture

Housing the Chosen: The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World by Inge Nielsen (Contextualizing the Sacred Series, Vol 2: Brepols)

Architecture has great potential to inform the functions of ancient mysteries and religious assemblies through a detailed understanding of the physical place where these activities occurred. However, the large corpus of recent scholarship has for the most part overlooked architecture.

Housing the Chosen investigates the spatial and architectural settings of mystery cults and religious assemblies from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD and shows how architecture can illuminate the contents and societal functions of ancient religions. It examines deities whose cults included mysteries and/or were served by religious associations in the ancient world. Chapters treat the old Greek mystery cults of Demeter in Eleusis and the Great Gods in Samothrace as well as those of Dionysos, and the 'foreign' deities Isis/Serapis, Cybele/Attis, and Mithras. Housing the Chosen also treats religions and cults that did not include mysteries but were served by special religious groups, such as those belonging to the Syrio-Phoenician gods, the Jewish god in the diaspora, and the Christian god. The last section of the book combines the typological results from the first section on architecture with the presentation of the cultic functions of religious groups in the second section. This comparative analysis seeks to understand the social and spatial context for the activities of cults with a main focus on the Hellenistic and Roman periods, in particular through distinguishing the differences and similarities in the use of specific room-types. The author is Inge Nielsen, who is at the Archaeological Institute in Hamburg.

The book is volume 2 in the series, Contextualizing The Sacred. This series seeks to integrate the study of archaeology, texts, architecture, and religion, creating a forum for interdisciplinary and comparative studies of landscapes and domains of evidence that are normally treated separately.

According to Nielson in the introduction, membership in all religious groups requires specific rites. The passage can occur between age groups or status groups, or between levels of expertise, status or authority in a specific social position and trade, like for a priest or a craftsman.

All people are initiated in age groups through the course of their lives; but initiations related to changes of status or levels of expertise involve more intentionality on the part of the initiated. Housing the Chosen is a study of the latter. Initiation rites developed out of – and drew upon patterns of – seasonality and life-death-revival cycles. The societies that performed these rites were fundamentally agrarian, and so the agricultural calendar was of great importance. Death and revival is a core feature of many initiations.

The aim of Housing the Chosen is to show how architecture can illuminate the functions of religious assemblies of various kinds in ancient society. The settings for such assemblies includes initiation- and mystery-halls or meeting rooms for lay priests or other kinds of esoteric groups of worshippers whom have organized in associations. Mysteries, which Nielsen defines as an interpretation and explanation of the initiation, have been recorded in copious – though problematic – written sources. A rich corpus of epigraphic material has shed light on religious associations, though distinctions between religious and non-religious associations are seldom made. The same can be said for the archaeological material. Lastly a limited corpus of iconographic material has been the focus of related research.

Housing the Chosen is primarily concerned with two distinct phenomena: ancient mysteries and religious associations. Ancient mysteries appear to be of Greek origin with their earliest attestations in the late eighth century BC, observed in the famous early `mystery' sanctuaries of Eleusis, Samothrace, Lemnos, and Thebes, as well as in various local sanctuaries. Nielsen observes two kinds of mysteries: `collective' mysteries, which were bound to a special place and sanctuary and open to a large number of people; and `individual' mysteries, which could be celebrated in many places and were normally open to far fewer people.

The mysteries appear to be a relatively late development in the history of ancient religion. They were generally in opposition to the policies of the city because non-citizens like women, slaves, and foreigners could be initiated. These private or personal mysteries – to contrast with collective mysteries – were clearly adopted from the Orient where they were performed as priestly initiations. However, the state had also appropriated some of the private rites and incorporated them into official religion, as had happened with the mysteries of Cybele and Isis.

Religious associations are the second major phenomenon relevant to Housing the Chosen. These are related to – and sometimes indistinguishable from – individual mysteries where the celebration of a deity was the main function. Celebrations could include participation in the public festivals that were held for the god. Many of these religious associations were in fact mystery groups, while others consisted of groups of lay priests or laymen. They could meet in the public sanctuary or in a locality of their choosing that was either owned or rented by them, and which would have included a shrine. The members of religious associations were mostly men, but women were included for their ritual expertise and esoteric knowledge. The main activities included worship of their god and the group's participation in festivals. They met regularly and also celebrated sacred meals together.

The distinction between the two types of mysteries on the one hand and the religious associations on the other is not sharp, and the functions of each are often closely related. Therefore, Nielsen examines the places where these associations met with two distinct methods. One is designed to study the specific architectural and functional precursors of each of the three types of religious groups. This aspect of Housing the Chosen studies the Männerbünde of the Mediterranean region in antiquity, which are so pervasive in many societies both past and present. She focuses on Orphic and Pythagorean groups and `Solonian' koina in the Greek region, as well as on priestly and other religious groups in Egypt, the Near East, and Italy. A fundamental concern of this book is determining whether the architectural and functional settings for each of these groups are identical. The origin of the great initiation halls of Eleusis, Samothrace, and Lemnos is of particular interest. Temples, banqueting rooms, and also political assembly rooms might have provided models for the architectural space of these initiation halls.

The second methodology is designed to study the architectural remains of Hellenistic and Roman buildings. In this way Nielsen creates a kind of `typology' of settings for esoteric rites based on archaeological evidence.

Housing the Chosen is structured in three main sections. The first and largest section is titled: `The Architecture'. It is a presentation of the relevant archaeological material – in particular the architecture – and its relationship with the gods and cults in question. This section focuses mostly on the location of initiation and mystery halls, and whether they were placed inside or outside of sanctuaries. Nielsen also considers archaeological evidence for the rooms that were used by religious associations in general. This section recognizes that the vast majority of previous scholarship on the mysteries and religious associations has focused on textual and iconographic sources and has neglected the architecture. In this section she differentiates the architecture of the pre-Hellenistic and the Hellenistic-Roman periods.

The second section of Housing the Chosen is titled: `The Cultic Functions of Religious Groups'. It begins by discussing the celebration of mysteries including initiation rites. Exclusivity was a defining characteristic of ancient mysteries. In both collective and individual mysteries only people who had been initiated were allowed to participate. Collective mysteries were celebrated by the initiates only once, whereas individual mysteries were celebrated repeatedly in mystery groups. Preparations for the two celebrations were also different.

The first ritual, Legomena, meant the rendering of a sacred text. The hieros logos (sacred text) was often constituted within the cult myth and could include ritual formulae and instructions. It was read aloud or recited during the initiation by the priest or hierophant and could have been repeated by the initiate.

The ritual of Deiknymena reveals that specific sacred objects were presented to the initiate by the priest. What these objects were remains enigmatic on account of the secrecy surrounding the rites.

Dromena are perhaps the most interesting category of initiation rites and were often repeated in the celebration of the mysteries. These rites included dramatized rituals that assisted in creating an appropriate atmosphere for the initiations and mysteries.

Cultic assemblies and communal banquets consti­tute additional fundamental functions of these groups. These dining rituals need not have been part of a mystery celebration but were often part of the assemblies of cultic groups, whether the members were initiated in mysteries, ethnic groups, priests and lay priests, or members with special functions or knowledge.

The final section of Housing the Chosen forms a general discussion and conclusion. It combines the mostly typological results from the first section on architecture with the presentation of the cultic functions of religious groups in the second section. Nielsen’s analysis seeks to understand the social and spatial context for the activities of cults with a focus on the Hellenistic and Roman periods, in particular through distinguishing the differences and similarities in the use of specific room-types.

Housing the Chosen shows how architecture can illuminate the functions of religious assemblies of various kinds in ancient society – it throws a more objective light on ancient mysteries and religious associations, and on the social and religious institutions that created them.

Sociology / Literature / Criticism / Ethnic Studies

Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture by Joshua B. Nelson (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

According to a dichotomy commonly found in studies of American Indians, some noble Native people defiantly defend their pristine indigenous traditions in honor of their ancestors, while others in weakness or greed surrender their culture and identities to white American economies and institutions. This traditionalist-versus-assimilationist divide is, Joshua B. Nelson argues in Progressive Traditions, a false one. To make his case that American Indians rarely if ever conform to such simplistic identifications, Nelson, a published author and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, considers the literature and culture of many Cherokee people. Nelson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.

Exploring a range of linked cultural practices and beliefs through the works of Cherokee thinkers and writers from the nineteenth century to today, Nelson finds ample evidence that tradition can survive through times of radical change: Cherokees do their cultural work both in progressively traditional and traditionally progressive ways. Studying individuals previously deemed either ‘traditional’ or ‘assimilationist,’ Nelson presents a more nuanced interpretation. Among the works he examines are the political rhetoric of Elias Boudinot, a forefather of American Indian literature; John Ross, the principal chief during the Removal years; the understudied memoirs of Catharine Brown, a nineteenth-century Cherokee convert to Christianity; and the novel Kholvn, by contemporary traditionalist Sequoyah Guess, a writer of peculiarly Cherokee science fiction.
Across several genres – including autobiography, fiction, speeches, laws, and letters – Progressive Traditions identifies an ‘indigenous anarchism,’ a pluralist, community-centered political philosophy that looks to practices that preceded and surpass the nation-state as ways of helping Cherokee people prosper.

As told in the introduction, Progressive Traditions does ask if these trends make up the whole story: if the Cherokee seminaries, for instance, didn't teach Cherokee history or language in their official curricula, did that prevent students from learning these from each other and forging strong Cherokee communities there? Such countercurrents and unofficial histories, even if they fall outside the norm, are both fascinating and important. It may well be that for many past and present Cherokee people, outliers themselves in one way or another, unofficial and peculiar stories matter as much as the standard versions do. In reading Cherokee and other American Indian literature and thinking about how American Indian literary criticism equips us to understand how culture relates to it, Nelson finds that there's too much we haven't considered and too much that doesn't make sense.

Since the 1990s, debates between nationalists (who advocate a critical position that strengthens the sovereignty of Native nations) and cosmopolitans (who are more interested in keeping political and identity boundaries fluid than in shoring them up) have dominated American Indian literary theory, displacing any theoretical and political arguments not immediately concerned with either camp's political programs. Looking to literature for creative articulations of communities' shapes among Cherokee people, Cherokee critics such as Jace Weaver, Daniel Heath Justice, and others, including Nelson, have taken Creek scholar Craig Womack's cue in approaching literature from theoretical perspectives grounded in some aspect of relevant tribal culture. Major emphases in the field have included incorporation of traditional orature, ties to and relationships with the land, representation of tribal history or political problems, and connections with communities of various shapes. On the occasions that literary critics confront the problematic work of Cherokee authors such as Catharine Brown, Elias Boudinot, John Oskison, or Will Rogers and don't find what they expect, they seem compelled to explain away the writers' assimilationist appearances. In so doing, these critics adopt a historical pattern of dismissal that reduces Indian identity to a dichotomy in which Indians are either ‘traditional’ or ‘assimilated,’ the latter being code for ‘not really Indian.’

Nelson says he is attempting to move past these terms by first putting them together, showing how though apparent opposites, they are often part and parcel of larger shared goals, especially securing communities' vitality. The Cherokee authors discussed in Progressive Traditions also combining old and new ways of doing things as they employ traditional adaptive strategies to resolve cultural and historical problems. Nelson proposes that if we look carefully at the enormous variety of principles and practices available to a culture, we could begin to appreciate the importance of pluralism in Cherokee culture.

Existing paradigms merely gesture at the complexity and depth of the works discussed in the chapters in Progressive Traditions, even when critics do not dismiss the works' authors as Cherokee in name only. In fact, this common critique, which has kept many of these authors out of print and out of our literary history, led Nelson to the larger general critique of the traditional/assimilated binary that can be found over and over again in Native scholarship. Of the several fascinating authors who have been so labeled and so ignored, he focuses heavily on Catharine Brown and Elias Boudinot in this book, not least because he finds their mostly neglected works fascinating for their illustrations of adaptive strategies to help communities cohere but also because they so often catch the brunt of the paradigmatic binaristic criticism ricocheting them away from our discussions and continuing to shape the boundaries of the Cherokee and American Indian canons. He says he might well have included many of these other authors who have been similarly excluded – Narcissa Owen around the turn of the twentieth century, John Oskison, Will Rogers, on up to Thomas King, Betty Louise Bell, and Diane Glancy more recently, to name just a few – but he believes that showing how to read such texts for their Cherokee elements requires a thorough and detailed (that's also to say, space-consuming) look into social circumstances as a matter of methodology.

This approach yields a work that is by no means solely concerned with nor comprehensive on the subjects of Cherokee literature or culture; neither, as it treats a relatively small number of strictly literary texts, is it a literary history. Progressive Traditions is more like a literary sociology. In examining several types of texts, including memoirs, speeches, editorials, constitutions, novels, hymns, court cases, and laws, in addition to religious and political dispositions, the chapters nevertheless offer up a variety of materials that Nelson approaches with similarly varied interpretive strategies borrowed from American Indian studies and cultural studies. The failure to understand how authors like Brown and Boudinot fit into the field of American Indian literature points up the need not for a newer and better totalizing framework coming from any one discipline but for strategies more varied, dynamic, and pluralist. For these reasons, he admits that the practice-oriented theory he advances in Progressive Traditions can be only one of many approaches. Insofar as it stands in at the outset for a range of practices, it would also have to defer to positions that describe practices with greater specificity.

In this introductory attempt, Nelson says he is not suggesting any prescribed method so much as trying to work out a broad theoretical way of finding greater cultural and identity-related significance in the many principles and practices that we have not yet thoroughly considered.

In Progressive Traditions, Joshua B. Nelson kills his literary fathers, but be does so with such a generous spirit that they almost seem like mercy killings. He brings that same spirit of generosity to the Cherokee literary figures about whom he writes in clear and accessible prose. This important book will move the discussion for years to come. – Jace Weaver, author of That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community

Progressive Traditions provides insightful and convincing analysis from the early crisis of Indigenous displacement to the current, fraught place of race in tribal membership to enlist a new vision of inclusive, community‑driven Indigenous identity and belonging. – Sean Teuton, author of Red Land, Red Power: Grounding Knowledge in the American Indian Novel

This critique of the common call for expansion of tribal nations’ sovereignty over their citizens represents a profound shift in American Indian critical theory and challenges contemporary indigenous people to rethink power among nations, communities, and individuals.



Contents this Issue:

contents this issue:

Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9th edition by Vinay Kumar MBBS MD FRCPath, Abul K. Abbas MBBS and Jon C. Aster MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition, 2-volume set edited by Andy Adam CBE MB BS (Hons) PhD FRCP FRCR FRCS FFR RCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Adrian K. Dixon MD MD (Hon caus) FRCP FRCR FRCS FFRRCSI (Hon) FRANZCR (Hon) FACR (Hon) FMedSci, Jonathan Gillard BSc MA MD FRCR FRCP MBA and Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop MD PhD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, unabridged, 14 CDs, running time 17 ½ hours by Hampton Sides, read by Arthur Morey (Random House Audio)

The Eight Characteristics of the Awesome Employee by Carl Van (Pelican Publishing)

Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven and Petra Brown (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Graveyard Book: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman, with graphic adaptation by P. Craig Russell (Harper)

Organized Crime, 6th Edition by Michael D. Lyman and Gary W. Potter (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne Books)

Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color by Brian Taylor and Kate Doody (Barron’s)

All I Love and Know: A Novel by Judith Frank (William Morrow)

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young –The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield (Seven Stories Press)

The Handy Mythology Answer Book by David A. Leeming (The Handy Answer Book Series: Visible Ink Press)

The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John W. Dean (Viking)

Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change edited by Mauricio A. Font and Araceli Tinajero (Paradigm Publishers)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Ferri's Medical Solutions Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, 1st edition by Giles R Scuderi MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Netter's Correlative Imaging: Neuroanatomy, 1st edition by Thomas C. Lee MD and Srinivasan Mukundan Jr. MD PhD, with series editor Nancy M. Major, MD (Netter Clinical Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Self-Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, 1st edition edited by James Paul O'Neill MD MB FRCSI MBA MMSc ORL-HNS and Jatin P. Shah MD MS (Surg) PhD (Hon) FACS Hon. FRCS (Edin) Hon. FRACS Hon. FDSRCS (Lond) (Elsevier Saunders)

The Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: Practical Guidance for Clinical Decision Making by Rochelle I. Frank PhD & Joan Davidson PhD, with a foreword by Jacqueline B. Persons PhD (New Harbinger Publications)

Housing the Chosen: The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World by Inge Nielsen (Contextualizing the Sacred Series, Vol 2: Brepols)

Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture by Joshua B. Nelson (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series: University of Oklahoma Press)