We Review the Best of the Latest Books

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November 2014, Issue #187

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Crisis Management in Anesthesiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by David M. Gaba MD, Kevin J. Fish MSc MB ChB FRCA FRCPC, Steven K. Howard MD and Amanda Burden MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Cellular and Molecular Immunology, with Student Consult Online Access, 8th edition by Abul K. Abbas MBBS, Andrew H. H. Lichtman MD PhD and Shiv Pillai MBBS PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging 4 Volume Set – Package: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Stuart J. Hutchison MD FRCPC FACC FAHA FASE FSCMR FSCCT (Elsevier Saunders)

Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Richard J. Johnson MD, John Feehally DM FRCP and Jürgen Floege MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Workbook in Practical Neonatology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Richard A. Polin MD and Mervin C. Yoder MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Nigel Raby FRCR, Laurence Berman MB BS FRCP FRCR, Simon Morley FRCR and Gerald de Lacey MA FRCR (Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body CT: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by W. Richard Webb, William E. Brant MD and Nancy M. Major MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Agua Nacida: Water Born by Hugh Arnold (Merrell Publishers)

Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation, audiobook, 1 MP3-CD, unabridged, running time: 5.5 hours by Eric Kaplan and Sean Runnette, (Tantor Media)

Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart, audio learning course, 6 CDs, running time: 8 hours by Mark Nepo (Sounds True)

Remaking “Family” Communicatively edited by Leslie A. Baxter, with Thomas J. Socha as general editor (Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging Series: Peter Lang)

Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York's West Village by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson and Katherine Thompson (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die by general editor Jenny Linford, with a preface by Michael Whiteman (Barron’s Educational Series)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with photographs and interviews by David Mushegain, with an introduction by Anthony Kiedis (Running Press)

Brushes with War: Paintings and Drawings by the Troops of World War I: The WWHAM Collection of Original Art by Joel R. Parkinson (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

The Illustrated Guide to Cows: How to Choose Them – How to Keep Them by Celia Lewis (Bloomsbury)

Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond: Knotted Jewelry with Beads by Raquel Cruz (Kalmbach Books)

ASEAN and Human Trafficking: Case Studies of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam by Naparat Kranrattanasuit (International Studies in Human Rights Series, Vol. 109: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff)

“Hero Strong” and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women’s Worldly Achievement in Antebellum America by Mary Gibson, edited, with an introduction by Daniel A. Cohen (The University of Tennessee Press)

Shaping Interior Space, 2nd edition by Roberto J. Rengel (Fairchild Publications, Inc.)

Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Wellbeing edited by Linda Hunt PhD OTR/L FAOTA and Caroline Wolverson DipCOT DipHT MSc (Slack Incorporated)

Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA): Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Mark S. Weiss MD and Lee Fleisher MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition (Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging) by Stuart J. Hutchison MD FRCPC FACC FAHA FASE FSCMR FSCCT and Naeem Merchant MD FRCP(C) (Elsevier Saunders)

Mastering Corneal Surgery: Recent Advances and Current Techniques edited by Amar Agarwal MD and Thomas John MD (Slack Incorporated)

Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Mark D. Miller MD, A. Bobby Chhabra MD, Joseph S Park, Francis H. Shen MD and David B. Weiss, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Point of Care Ultrasound: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Nilam J Soni MD, Robert Arntfield MD and Pierre Kory MPA MD (Elsevier Saunders)

A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos edited by Markus Montag (CRC Press)

Idiot's Guides: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Dr. Jayme Albin and Eileen Bailey (Alpha Books)

Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson and Soong-Chan Rah (Zondervan)

GEvanlobal gelicalism: Theology, History & Culture in Regional Perspective edited by Donald M. Lewis and Richard V. Pierard (IVP Academic)

Ambiguous Pleasures: Sexuality and Middle Class Self-Perceptions in Nairobi by Rachel Spronk (Berghahn Books)

The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, 4 volumes edited by Marilyn Coleman and Lawrence Ganong (Sage Publications, Inc.)


Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Anesthesiology / Reference

Crisis Management in Anesthesiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by David M. Gaba MD, Kevin J. Fish MSc MB ChB FRCA FRCPC, Steven K. Howard MD and Amanda Burden MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The fully updated Crisis Management in Anesthesiology, 2nd edition, continues to provide updated insights on the latest theories, principles, and practices in anesthesiology.

With Crisis Management in Anesthesiology clinicians are able to:

  • Identify and respond to a broad range of life-threatening situations with the updated Catalog of Critical Incidents, which outlines what may happen during surgery and details the steps necessary to respond to and resolve the crisis.
  • React quickly to a range of potential threats with an added emphasis on simulation of managing critical incidents. 
  • Focus on the core knowledge that serves as a useful review.
  • Explore new topics in the ever-expanding anesthesia practice environment with a detailed chapter on debriefing.
  • Search the entire text, figures and references with the Expert Consult eBook version.

From anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists to emergency physicians and residents, Crisis Management in Anesthesiology, 2nd edition, is a medical reference book that will effectively prepare clinicians to handle any critical incident during anesthesia.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Education & Training / Immunology

Cellular and Molecular Immunology, with Student Consult Online Access, 8th edition by Abul K. Abbas MBBS, Andrew H. H. Lichtman MD PhD and Shiv Pillai MBBS PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Popular for its highly visual, straightforward approach, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 8th edition, delivers an accessible yet thorough understanding of this active and fast-changing field. Drs. Abul K. Abbas, Andrew H. Lichtman, and Shiv Pillai present key updates in this new edition to cover the latest developments in antigen receptors and signal transduction in immune cells, mucosal and skin immunity, cytokines, and leukocyte-endothelial interaction.

With Cellular and Molecular Immunology students are able to:

  • Develop a thorough, clinically relevant understanding of immunology through a clear overview of immunology with a distinct focus on the management of human disease.
  • Visualize immunologic processes effectively using meticulously developed and updated illustrations, 3-dimensional art, and all-new online animations providing a detailed, visual description of the key immunologic and molecular processes.
  • Grasp the details of experimental observations that form the basis for the science of immunology at the molecular, cellular, and whole-organism levels and draw the appropriate conclusions.
  • Find information quickly and easily through the organized chapter structure and a more logical flow of material.
  • Access Student Consult and Evolve for a rich online experience for students and instructors alike including searchable content, question banks, and animations.
  • Glean all essential, up-to-date, need-to-know information about immunology and molecular biology through extensive updates that cover cytokines, innate immunity, leukocyte-endothelial interactions, signaling, and costimulation.
  • Benefit from numerous new figures and tables that facilitate easier retention of the material; quick summaries of each chapter; and nearly 400 illustrations that clarify key concepts.

With additional online features and highly visual approach, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 8th edition, is an ideal resource for medical, graduate and undergraduate students of immunology who need a clear, introductory text for immunology courses.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology

Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging 4 Volume Set – Package: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Stuart J. Hutchison MD FRCPC FACC FAHA FASE FSCMR FSCCT (Elsevier Saunders)

Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging 4 Volume Set is a four-volume package. In it premier cardiac imaging specialist Stuart J. Hutchison explains the dos and don'ts of cardiovascular imaging so clinicians get the best images and avoid artifacts. The set provides high-quality images and access to the full text online.

World renowned author, Stuart J. Hutchison, MD serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine and Radiology at the University of Calgary and Director of Echocardiography at Foothills Medical Centre and Libin Cardiovascular Institute.

The four volume package includes:

Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also part of this series, is available separately.

With Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging 4 Volume Set clinicians are able to:

  • Get only the coverage they need with clinically oriented, practical information presented in a consistent format that makes finding everything quick and easy.
  • Focus on clinically oriented and practical information.
  • Obtain the best image quality and avoid artifacts by following the dos and don'ts of effective cardiovascular imaging and interpretation.
  • Visualize how to proceed by reviewing high-quality images – many in color – that reinforce the quality of information found in the text.
  • Find information easily thanks to a consistent format.
  • Use numerous tables with useful values and settings to help them master probe settings and measurements.

High-quality images and access to the full text and more online at Expert Consult make Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging 4 Volume Set the one cardiovascular imaging resource that has it all.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Nephrology / Reference

Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Richard J. Johnson MD, John Feehally DM FRCP and Jürgen Floege MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians access today’s best knowledge on every clinical condition in nephrology to handle the tough clinical challenges with Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology, 5th edition. The world's leading authorities in the field, Drs. Richard J. Johnson, John Feehally, Jürgen Floege and a team of international experts have updated this fifth edition to continue to provide the level of expert information that readers rely on from this classic reference.

Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology clinicians are able to:

  • Make efficient and informed decisions with the right amount of basic science and practical clinical guidance.
  • Stay at the forefront of the field with extensive updates on key topics.
  • Develop a deeper understanding with new chapters on glomerulonephritis associated with complement disorders, interventional treatments for hypertension, renal disease and cancer, and epidemiology and prognostic impact of acute kidney injury.
  • Visualize a full range of kidney conditions and clinical management with over 1,500 color illustrations highlighting key topics and detail pathogenesis.
  • Grasp details for a full range of kidney conditions and clinical management with the vibrant art program highlighting key topics and details pathogenesis.
  • Find information quickly with hundreds of color coded algorithms for quick reference.
  • Access the fully searchable text online at Expert Consult.
  • Check their knowledge with over 400 NEW self-assessment questions.

Whilst primarily aimed at clinicians, the superb readability of the text, combined with excellent illustrations, broadens its appeal to the wider renal care community. This is an excellent clinical and educational resource that I can thoroughly recommend to all members of the multidisciplinary team involved in the day-to-day care and management of renal patients. – Pugh-Clarke K, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN; Journal of Renal Care 2008:110.

Floege, Johnson, and Feehally give clinicians the information they need to make quick and correct clinical decisions in nephrology. Optimized for use across mobile devices, meticulously updated, Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology, 5th edition, is perfect as an on-the-go reference.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Pediatrics / Neonatology / Reference

Workbook in Practical Neonatology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Richard A. Polin MD and Mervin C. Yoder MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Workbook in Practical Neonatology, 5th edition provides authoritative guidance on neonatal evaluation and management of the problems that clinicians are most likely to see in practice. Revisions and updates incorporate advances in neonatal care, including hypotension, mechanical ventilation, and early discharge. Content has been completely rewritten and fully updated to include a new chapter on perinatal asphyxia, new true-to-life clinical cases, changes in NRP guidelines for resuscitation, new approaches to managing patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and feeding the preterm infant, and new guidelines for managing preterm infants with respiratory distress.

With Workbook in Practical Neonatology clinicians and students are able to:

  • Put concepts into practice, since each chapter features case histories that require them to make diagnostic decisions and help them understand how scientific concepts apply to each clinical problem.
  • Gauge their mastery of the material and build confidence using copious review questions and answers, which help them test their knowledge.
  • Stay current with the latest advancements and developments.
  • Experience clinical scenarios with vivid clarity using an online image library, with many images in full color, and 5 streaming Echocardiograph and Fluroscopic image video clips, which show them what to expect and how to proceed.
  • Access the full text, image gallery, and video clips online with the Expert Consult eBook version.

Meticulously updated, an ideal learning tool for beginners, and a valuable reference for experienced healthcare professionals, Workbook in Practical Neonatology, 5th edition’s interactive, case-based approach allows clinicians to diagnose and treat in a clinical context and test their knowledge with review questions and answers for each topic.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Radiology

Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Nigel Raby FRCR, Laurence Berman MB BS FRCP FRCR, Simon Morley FRCR and Gerald de Lacey MA FRCR (Elsevier Saunders)

Since it was first published, Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide has become the classic in-the-pocket-reference and an indispensable aid to those who work in the Emergency Department.

Accurate radiological diagnosis depends first and foremost upon a sound understanding of normal anatomy. This key requirement has been strengthened in this 3rd edition by using new and innovative anatomical drawings.

A templated chapter approach helps clinicians access key information quickly. Each chapter includes key points summary, basic radiographs, normal anatomy, guidance on analyzing the radiographs, common injuries, rare but important injuries, pitfalls, regularly overlooked injuries, examples, and references.

With Accident and Emergency Radiology clinicians are able to:

  • Ensure accuracy in reading and interpretation of any given image with common sources of error and diagnostic difficulty highlighted.
  • Prevent mistakes because pitfalls and associated abnormalities are emphasized throughout.
  • Avoid misdiagnoses – normal anatomy is outlined alongside schemes for detecting variants of the norm.
  • Grasp difficult anatomical concepts using radiographs accompanied by clear, explanatory line-drawings.
  • Spend less time searching with an improved layout and design and succinct, easy-to-follow text.
  • Grasp the nuances of key diagnostic details using updated and expanded information, new radiographs, and new explanatory line drawings.
  • Avoid pitfalls in the detection of abnormalities that are most commonly overlooked or misinterpreted.
  • Access the complete contents and illustrations online, fully searchable, at Expert Consult.

The authors have created outstanding teaching courses in plain film imaging and this teaching experience has prompted the far-reaching improvements and alterations in this new 3rd edition of Accident and Emergency Radiology. The fresh and friendly style will appeal to all who are working or training in the Emergency Department. Senior doctors who are teaching Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, or Paediatrics will welcome the clear and constructive content. The core and substantial value lies in the step-by-step analytical approaches which help clinicians answer this question: "These images look normal to me, but ... how can I be sure that I am not missing a subtle but important abnormality?"

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Radiology

Fundamentals of Body CT: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by W. Richard Webb, William E. Brant MD and Nancy M. Major MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body CT, 4th edition offers an easily accessible introduction to body CT. Completely revised and updated, this latest edition covers today's essential CT know-how, including the use of multi-slice CT to diagnose chest, abdominal, and musculoskeletal abnormalities, as well as the expanded role of 3D CT and CT angiography in clinical practice.

With Fundamentals of Body CT clinicians are able to:

  • Glean essential, up-to-date, need-to-know information to effectively interpret CTs and the salient points needed to make accurate diagnoses.
  • Review how the anatomy of each body area appears on a CT scan.
  • Grasp each procedure and review key steps quickly with a comprehensive yet concise format.
  • Achieve optimal results with step-by-step instructions on how to perform all current CT techniques.
  • Compare diagnoses with a survey of major CT findings for a variety of common diseases – with an emphasis on those findings that help to differentiate one condition from another.
  • Make effective use of 64-slice MDCT and dual source CT scanners with coverage of the most current indications.
  • Stay current with extensive updates of clinical guidelines that reflect recent changes in the practice of CT imaging, including (ACCP) Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer guidelines, paraneoplastic and superior vena cava syndrome, reactions to contrast solution and CT-guided needle biopsy.
  • Get a clear view of the current state of imaging from extensively updated, high-quality images throughout.
  • Access the complete contents online, fully searchable, at Expert Consult.

Ideal for radiology residents and practitioners, meticulously updated, Fundamentals of Body CT, 4th edition, provides everything clinicians need to effectively perform and interpret CT scans.



Arts & Photography / Travel

Agua Nacida: Water Born by Hugh Arnold (Merrell Publishers)

While living in the Balearic island of Ibiza, an island renowned for the healing properties of its water, world-renowned photographer, Hugh Arnold, took a new direction in his work. Inspired by the possibilities of the three-dimensional, weightless medium of underwater photography, he embarked upon a 12-month adventure that would see him travel the world to explore man’s relationship with the sea. Arnold began in Australia, but cold Antarctic currents, poor visibility, box jellyfish and sharks conspired to push Arnold further afield to Fiji where he shot until storms made diving impossible. Then, lured by the Tuna rearing pens in Gozo, an island off Malta, he traveled there to complete his mission. The result is the large-format, 368-page Agua Nacida, which takes readers on a journey to explore the ocean in a new way. This coffeetable volume reflects the ocean as a feminine element, captured in Arnold’s stunning images of underwater nudes. Immersed in the playfulness and sensuality of water, the swimmers, Nika Lauriatis and Polina Barbasova, express the cycles of Woman through fluidity of movement: the womb’s embrace, growth, discovery, sexuality, and beauty.

Foreword author Stella Thomas says she met Arnold almost 20 years ago in Paris. She noted his incredible talent and creativity. His philosophical approach towards his art first impressed her and she says she was struck by one photograph in particular – a woman suspended in the stillness of the water below, which captivated the projection of inner beauty and peace.

In creating Agua Nacida, Arnold embarks on a journey of self-discovery. It is a journey through a magical underwater world of experiences from womb to womanhood. Stripped or all artifice, viewers return to the naked core and true essence of being, which is often lost in the noise and chaos of everyday life.

Hugh Arnold's work provokes and involves. It arouses reflection and understanding of man's connection to a greater and larger world. Like water, which is integral to our being but which is also beyond us, the reflection of the human body against nature reminds us that man is only a small part or a larger force. That force surpasses our being and is part of a more universal and harmonious truth. Hugh’s photographs capture this truth: the light; the darkness; the existence, and they are all interwoven through the portrayal of the human form in its most naked form and against the stillness or water. There is peace and there is harmony within us if we are brave enough to explore. – Stella Thomas, Founder & President of Global Water Fund

The evocative and mesmerizing photographs in Agua Nacida offer an intellectual beauty but also a vulnerability as set against the vast expanse of nature below. Through these powerful images, viewers begin on the path of self-reflection and clarity. Each photograph in the book reminds viewers to return to themselves, to return to the innocence of their birth, to rediscover their inner nature and to see possibilities where once there were only limitations.

Audio / Entertainment / Humor / Philosophy / Metaphysics

Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation, audiobook, 1 MP3-CD, unabridged, running time: 5.5 hours by Eric Kaplan and Sean Runnette, (Tantor Media)

Even after we outgrow the jolly fellow, the essential paradox persists: There are some things we dearly believe in that are not universally acknowledged as real.

Metaphysics isn't ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in Does Santa Exist?, from acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there – just like Santa and his reindeer.
Kaplan, co-executive producer of and writer for the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, graduated from Harvard and is currently completing his dissertation in philosophy at the University of California, Berkley. The audiobook is read by Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

In Does Santa Exist?, Kaplan shows how philosophy giants Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein strove to smooth over the uncomfortable meeting of the real and unreal – and failed. From there he turns to mysticism's attempts to resolve such paradoxes. Finally, he alights on comedy as the ultimate resolution of the fundamental paradoxes of life.
Kaplan delves deeper into what this means, from how our physical brains work to his own personal confrontations with life's biggest questions:

  • If we're all going to die, what's the point of anything?
  • What is a perfect moment?
  • What can you say about God?
  • Or Santa?

Eric Kaplan's Does Santa Exist? is the funniest book of philosophy since ... well, ever. – Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

Eric Kaplan is more than a talented comedy writer. He is a deep soul, an intellectual master, and a brilliant communicator of the subtleties of the intersections between faith and logic. – Mayim Bialik, PhD, Emmy-nominated actress on The Big Bang Theory

Insightful and funny, but we’re talking about the writer for The Big Bang Theory who is also a student of philosophy, so what else would we expect from Does Santa Exist??

Audio / Religion & Spirituality / Poetry / Self-Help

Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart, audio learning course, 6 CDs, running time: 8 hours by Mark Nepo (Sounds True)

There is a Sioux saying that the longest journey one will ever make in life is from the head to the heart.

The infinitely varied journeys of our lives share a common destiny: to be worn of all excess till we are reduced to joy. This audio learning program presents the latest work of poet-philosopher Mark Nepo in six sessions that invite listeners to the task of discovering and returning to what matters.

New York Times bestselling author Nepo has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than 40 years.

From his most recent book Reduced to Joy, Nepo in this audio course Reduced to Joy selects more than 40 poems intended to help people stay in relationship with the mystery of life and engage in conversation with Spirit. He shares the origins and context of each, points listeners toward the lessons they open, and offers practical inquiry to make each compelling verse personally relevant to listeners.

"The reward for facing our experience is joy," Nepo explains. "Often, what keeps us from joy is the menacing assumption that life is happening other than where we are." Reduced to Joy steadies listeners’ connection to the greater life they are always in kinship with.

Nepo describes poetry as "the unexpected utterance of the soul." Every poem – and by extension every moment – can serve as a teacher if listeners can attend to it with an open mind and heart. By sharing original poems along with the insights of fellow writers, Nepo brings listeners into their own living conversation with the teachers hidden in everything that their experience, in order to welcome their universal lessons. Over the course of this eight-hour program, he reveals the genesis of his own poems, unpacks the stunning insights they hold, and encourages listeners to reflect both personally and with friends on how these empowering truths show themselves in the poetic revelations of each live.

In Reduced to Joy, Nepo presents himself as a guide to the place "where the glow of your heart touches everything it meets so you can't help but remember how dear it is to be alive."

Some highlights include:

  • The Longest Journey – on doing, being, and awakening the source of genius within.
  • To Know by Heart – on moving from depth to surface and ‘loving your window’.
  • The Art of Facing Things – on the courage to say yes to life again and again.
  • Walking Together – on authentic relationship and expanding the heart's perception.
  • Made from Bone – on the promise of the inner world and their lineage of spirit.
  • The Sublime Disturbance – on that which causes people to live fully in the open.

Filled with profound and captivating lessons, Reduced to Joy is poetry and inspiration for the journey of being human.

Communication / Family & Relationships

Remaking “Family” Communicatively edited by Leslie A. Baxter, with Thomas J. Socha as general editor (Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging Series: Peter Lang)

Demographers have repeatedly confirmed that the nuclear family is on the decline. Yet when Americans are asked about their ideal family, the nuclear family emerges as the most valued kind of family. Members of families that do not match this cultural ideal face a discursive burden to legitimate their identity as a ‘family.’
Remaking “Family” Communicatively gathers together communication scholars who are working on the many kinds of alternative family forms, from, among others, grandfamilies, diasporic immigrant families, and military families to involuntarily childless families and stepfamilies. The award-winning editor Leslie A. Baxter is Collegiate Fellow and Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

The organizing question for the volume focuses on resistance, reconstruction, and resilience: how is it that alternatives to the traditional family are constructed and sustained through communicative practices? Several chapters adopt a global perspective, thereby framing the issue of legitimization of ‘family’ in a broader cultural context. None of the family forms described in Remaking “Family” Communicatively meets the ideological ‘gold standard’ of the nuclear family, and in this sense they all represent a remaking of the family in profound ways.

According to general series editor Thomas J. Socca, like Remaking “Family” Communicatively, the book series, Lifespan Communication: Children, Families and Aging, invites communication scholars to view communication through a panoramic lens – from first words to final conversations – a comprehensive communication vista that brings children, adolescents, adults, and those in later life as well as lifespan groups such as the family into focus.

Remaking “Family” Communicatively represents recent scholarship by family communication scholars to understand, functionally and transactionally, how alternative families are constructed communicatively. In contrast to existing books on family communication, in which chapters or paragraphs on selected post-nuclear family forms are introduced as ‘add-on’ counterpoint to an emphasis on nuclear families, Baxter says she wanted to produce a book that gathered together as many alternatives to the nuclear family as they could identify that had amassed sufficient research to warrant a whole chapter, a volume in which each alternative family form was considered on its own terms, rather than in comparison to the nuclear family. The volume does not exhaust all of the kinds of family that are lived daily in these postmodern times. For example, foster care families or families developed through reproductive technologies receive mention in some of the chapters but await more scholarly attention by communication researchers to justify their own chapters. She also wanted to stretch beyond the boundaries of U.S. society, a challenging enterprise for family communication scholars who disproportionately focus on families in the U.S.

The post-nuclear family forms highlighted in Remaking “Family” Communicatively manifest varying degrees of blood and law. The stepfamily combines blood (biological offspring of a residential parent) with the legal bond of remarriage between adults. The adopted family supplants a biological parent-child relationship with a legal one. Single-parent families suspend the legal institution of marriage but retain a biological/legal parent-child relationship. Same-sex partnerships challenge the institution of heterosexual marriage. Grandfamilies – grandparents who serve as the primary parent – retain a legal or biological link to the child. Childless families retain marriage. Deployed military families and commuter marriage families suspend shared residence but retain some legal/biological bond among family members. Hindu marriages of urban India retain the legal institution of marriage but construct it along affectional lines. Diasporic families abandon the shared residence of the extended family unit in the face of geographic separation across nations. Fictive, or voluntary, kin typically suspend legal, biological, and perhaps even shared-residence features in envisioning family in new ways. None of the family forms described in the volume meets the ideological ‘gold standard’ of the nuclear family, and in this sense they all represent a remaking of the family in profound ways.

Remaking “Family” Communicatively is organized into four parts. Part I, "Introductory Framings" consists of this opening introductory chapter and two conceptual/theoretical chapters. In Chapter Two, Kathleen Galvin discusses her concept of discourse dependence, an important historical construct in anchoring efforts by family communication scholars to expand beyond studying marriages and biological parent-child relationships to give visibility to a variety of alternative ways of doing family. In Chapter Three, Baxter follows up on Galvin's important conceptual work in discourse dependence to consider ways to theoretically explain and understand how discourse dependence is communicatively enacted. Several theories are mentioned throughout this book, and this chapter is an attempt to put the spotlight directly on selected theoretical issues that can illuminate discourse dependence.

Part II of the book, "Remaking `Family' Beyond Traditional Marriage," contains four chapters that cohere around communicative challenges to traditional marriage as requisite to family status. In Chapter Four, Pamela Lannutti takes up the political dispute that is highly visible in U.S. society – whether gays and lesbians should be granted legal rights to marry. Lannutti presents a complex picture, addressing, in part, the fissure within the gay/lesbian community on this issue. The institution of marriage is steeped in heteronormativity, patriarchy, and sexual reproduction, and one issue of concern is whether legitimization of same-sex marriages co-opts the critique of that institution. Chapter Five, by Tamara Afifi, Sharde Davis, and Anne Merrill, examines how single-parent families create a sense of ‘family’ through their communicative practices with one another. Many, but certainly not all, single-parent families are the product of divorce, and many might transition into stepfamily status. But other single-parent families do not fit this pattern at all. Regardless, single-parent families face unique challenges. The chapter emphasizes the communicative practices of resilience that characterize many of these families. Chapter Six, by Melissa Aleman, pursues grandfamilies in which at least one grandparent is the primary caregiver of a grandchild. This family form is different from a multi-generational family unit in which at least one parent resides with children and the children's grandparents; grandfamilies are missing parents. Last, Chapter Seven, by Devika Chawla, pushes our sensibilities out of the U.S. to examine urban India. Although the institution of heterosexual marriage is central to Indian ideology of the family, it is the arranged marriage that is privileged: a conception of marriage in which a given husband-wife pair is integrally woven together in an extended family web headed by the husband's parents. Chawla considers how urban Indian women communicatively perform an alternative understanding of their arranged marriages, one that emphasizes romantic love.

Part III, "Remaking `Family' beyond Biological Ties," consists of four chapters that challenge in one way or another the sanctity accorded to biological reproduction and biological children in constituting ‘family.’ Kell Steuber examines childless families in Chapter Eight. She considers the extraordinary pressure to reproduce experienced by many infertile heterosexual couples, and the pressures experienced by couples who make the voluntary choice to remain childfree. The ideology of the nuclear family is evident in both kinds of experiences. In Chapter Nine, Elizabeth Suter reviews the growing communication research on the adopted family – whether the child is adopted domestically through private adoption or the public child welfare system of foster care, or through transnational adoption. In both kinds of adoption, transracial families are often constructed in visible adoptions. Adoption typically is conceived as a triangle of relationships consisting of the adopted child, the birth mother and other blood relations, and the adoptive family. Chapter Ten, by Paul Schrodt, reviews the now fairly extensive communication research on stepfamilies. Stepfamilies experience a range of challenges, and as a result, remarried partners in stepfamily configurations face, as a group, a high divorce rate. Schrodt examines the communicative practices that are related to stepfamily resilience or decline. Finally, Dawn Braithwaite and Rebecca DiVerniero examine so-called fictive or voluntary kin in Chapter Eleven. They demonstrate that the voluntary family is not a unitary type but instead is a mix of several functional types, each with their own unique communicative challenges.

Part IV, "Remaking ‘Family’ beyond Shared Households," consists of three chapters that challenge in one way or another the requisite of co-residence for family status. In Chapter Twelve, Erin Sahlstein Parcell examines the unique communicative challenges and practices of resilience faced by military families who have at least one deployed family member. In contrast to military deployment, which usually unfolds for fixed time periods of time, Karla Bergen addresses in Chapter Thirteen more permanent long-distance families: the so-called commuter family in which adults have separate residences. The challenges of long distance are highlighted in both of these chapters, but these two family forms are enacted somewhat differently, as well. The final chapter in Remaking “Family” Communicatively, Chapter Fourteen by Chitra Akkoor, moves beyond U.S. borders in a consideration of diasporic families. Although the U.S. is populated with many diasporic families, the diasporic family experience is a global one, and Akkoor's chapter emphasizes the global problems faced by families who immigrate to Western societies that privilege the nuclear family instead of the extended family unit.

Remaking “Family” Communicatively Remaking “Family” Communicatively represents a significant development in the history of ideas about family communication. This volume offers a clarion call to all those who study, teach, and live family communication: ‘families’ are discursively dynamic and evolve. That is, borrowing a line from an old TV commercial, today's families both are, and are not, like our ‘fathers’ Oldsmobiles. Professor Leslie Baxter and her authors collectively paint a wonderful portrait of the current state of conceptualizing the ‘family’ in ‘family’ communication that not only will inform contemporary societal discursive struggles with meanings of familial terms, but will become a much-cited work in the future. – Thomas J. Socha

Remaking “Family” Communicatively, as the other books published in the Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging series, offers the communication field new understandings and deeper appreciation of the complexities of all forms of communication as it develops across the lifespan and raises important questions about communication for current and future generations to study.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York's West Village by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson and Katherine Thompson (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Three inventive young restaurateurs in New York's vibrant East and West Villages present 100 contemporary Italian-inspired cocktails, antipasti, pastas, main courses and desserts – made approachable for the home cook – in Downtown Italian.
Amid the cobblestoned streets and picturesque brownstones of New York's charming West Village, three dynamic young restaurateurs are creating some of the most inventive and delicious Italian-inspired cuisine in a city world-famous for its Italian food. Now the drinks and dishes that have inspired fanatical loyalty among customers of dell'anima, L'Artusi, L'Apicio and Anfora – including Charred Octopus with Chicories, Impromptu Tiramisu, and a sparking Roasted Orange Negroni Sbagliato – are accessible to home cooks in this first cookbook from executive chef Gabriel Thompson, pastry chef Katherine Thompson, and beverage director Joe Campanale.
In Downtown Italian Gabe Thompson's antipasti, pastas, main courses, and side dishes emphasize simplicity and deep flavor, using the freshest ingredients, creative seasonings, and the occasional unexpected twist – in such dishes as Sweet Corn Mezzaluna and Chicken al Diavolo. Katherine Thompson's desserts are both inspired and downright homey, running the gamut from a simple and sinful Bittersweet Chocolate Budino to the to-die-for Espresso-Rum Almond Cake with Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt Gelato, and Almond Brittle. And all are paired with thoughtfully chosen wines and ingenious Italian-inspired cocktails by Joe Campanale, one of the most knowledgeable young sommeliers in New York City.

Campanale is beverage director and co-owner of dell'anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora in New York's West Village and of L'Apicio in the East Village; Gabriel Thompson is Executive Chef and partner at L'Artusi, dell'anima, Anfora and L'Apicio; and Katherine Thompson is Executive Pastry Chef at dell'anima, L'Artusi, and L'Apicio.

Joe, Gabriel, and Katherine have brought modern Italy to the West Village; I frequent their restaurants to get my fill of crudo, pasta, wine, and other favorites. Downtown Italian is a comprehensive collection of recipes that combine fresh ingredients and simple authentic techniques, provoking a recurring craving with each turn of the page. – Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef/owner of Jean-Georges restaurants
and author of Home Cooking with Jean-Georges

Gabe, Katherine, and Joey have a cult following for their delicious food and wine pairings at their downtown New York City restaurants. This book is a glimpse into their world. Now you can re-create the experience at home with the approachable and accessible recipes in Downtown Italian. – April Bloomfield, chef/owner of The Spotted Pig and author of A Girl and Her Pig

I can vouch for the soul-satisfying deliciousness of all of these dishes, as they are staples of my favorite Village restaurants, dell'anima, L'Artusi, and L'Apicio. These recipes are much like Gabe, Katherine, and Joey – smart, honest, easy to love, and just damn good! – Anita Lo, chef/owner of Annisa and author of Cooking Without Borders

Because my husband and I are Italian and eat a Mediterranean diet at home, we tend not to go out for Italian food. But sharing Italian food and drink with our friend Joe Campanale at his restaurants feels like being in our home away from home. This book is as vibrant and delectable as the food itself. It makes you excited to eat, drink, and be at one with your food. – Rachael Ray, television personality and best-selling author

Whenever I'm in New York City, you will find me at dell'anima, L'Artusi, Anfora, or L'Apicio – or all four! The reason: Gabe and Katherine Thompson's soulful cooking paired with Joe Campanale's wine and cocktail genius. This book will show you exactly how to bring this culinary power trio's special brand of brilliance into your home. – Tim Love, chef/owner of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and author of Tim Love on the Lonesome Dove Trail

Whether readers’ kitchens are in downtown New York or just down home, they will find delicious inspiration in Downtown Italian.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Restaurants / Travel

1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die by general editor Jenny Linford, with a preface by Michael Whiteman (Barron’s Educational Series)

Gourmets with an appetite for good food in gorgeous settings will find their taste buds tingling with anticipation as they flip through 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die. The featured eateries range from local delis and diners to haute cuisine establishments where one can enjoy refined dishes in elegant surroundings. From beloved local bistros, trattorias, and diners favored for family celebrations to internationally rated, ultramodern, Michelin-starred establishments, every restaurant included in this book is iconic. The cuisines of the world are represented in the book through a diverse array of eateries categorized by country. From Junior's in Brooklyn, to Denmark's Noma and South Africa's Babel, readers find:

  • Restaurants from all over the planet with prices to suit every budget.
  • More than 900 full-color images with text.
  • Entries that detail the establishment's history, menu, and pricing.
  • An introduction that explores how and why restaurants attain iconic status.

Author Jenny Linford is a London-based food writer, restaurant reviewer, and author of several food guides.

What makes a restaurant truly great? In the pages of 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die readers discover the world’s finest, oldest, most modern, and most elegant places to eat. All are recommended by a global team of food critics and culinary writers who encourage readers to visit them and experience the fabulous wealth of delicious delights they offer.

Celebrating the traditional and the classic, this culinary guide is a veritable bible of contemporary dining, from Japanese kaiseki to Danish foraging cuisine. Travelers discover where the world's finest chefs perform their culinary wizardry – for example, Main Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee, Paris, or Pierre Gagnaire at his Las Vegas restaurant, Twist – and find eateries well off the beaten track. Featured restaurants have been chosen not only for the standard of their cooking but also for their atmosphere and setting.

1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die provides an opportunity to look at the restaurant industry afresh. Twenty years ago, a French restaurant served French food, a Thai restaurant served Thai food. But there have been enormous changes in how gastronomic knowledge is distributed, so that what is happening in trendy restaurants in Melbourne or Sydney is quickly commented on by food bloggers and adapted by home cooks and chefs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Similarly, as costs of transportation have been reduced, distribution has been revolutionized so both food knowledge and produce have become globalized.

But there's more to globalization in a food context. Ingredients that were once obscure are now available to everyone – and, for sure, everyone is using them, whether they traditionally belong together or not. And that's what makes 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die so fundamentally different from what might have been written twenty years ago. While people treasure what is ethnically authentic, they are even more excited by innovative, irreverent chefs who rummage in the vast larder of global ingredients to create new dishes: a gastronomic free-for-all.

In 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die, readers find recommendations for all manner of dining options, from all around the planet: classic restaurants, where food is reassuringly predictable but executed to a high level, and modernist restaurants, where the cooking is full of dazzling surprises that are well-considered and masterfully produced. This roster also includes a fair share of ‘down-and-dirty’ eateries – roadside smokehouses, obscure taquerias, Korean barbecue joints, fried chicken shacks, and yakitori stands – where diners get great bursts of flavor for not a lot of money. These fall into the category of street food, an increasingly popular way for gourmet travelers to sample various ethnic cuisines. Whether in Mumbai or Delhi, Singapore or Cambodia, Mexico, Morocco, or Madrid – street food is often the most exciting way to eat.

When it came to selecting the 1001 restaurants readers must experience, the contributors around the world – a well-dined collection of restaurant reviewers, food writers, travel writers, journalists, inveterate eater-outers, and bloggers – were asked to suggest ‘iconic’ restaurants they knew, ranging from humble but much-loved gems to luxurious havens of fine dining, with their on-the-ground knowledge and input forming the base of the selections. The result is a wide-ranging selection of restaurants. Part of this diversity comes about from the globe-trotting nature of the book. The breadth of the definition of ‘iconic’ has also allowed for a genuine and fascinating spread in terms of types of restaurants.

Naturally, 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die contains entries for some of the world's most luxurious and grandest restaurants, such as Le Meurice in Paris, Eleven Madison Park in New York, La Pergola in Rome, or Louis XV in Monaco. Restaurants showcase the culinary talents of great chefs, and we have become familiar with the concept of the ‘celebrity chef’. Within the pages of 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die, therefore, the authors have included restaurants because they offer diners the chance to enjoy the vision of a notable chef. There are chefs such as Kunio Tokuoka of Kitcho in Kyoto, Japan, eminent for his kaiseki, and Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, offering personal yet classic expressions of his country's great cuisine.

The great and the good of the restaurant world are represented in 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die. Included are historic institutions, from venerable Japanese restaurants that can trace their history back centuries to Parisian establishments to Ottoman restaurants in Turkey to Rules, London's oldest restaurant. Also included are insider gems, enjoyed by those in the know, offering authentic, engaging, and enjoyable dining experiences. Within the book, readers will find restaurants of this type championed all over the world.

A recurrent theme throughout many of the entries is the importance placed by restaurants on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients, from the freshest produce to the finest fish, seafood, meat, and poultry. This approach is found in restaurants ranging from a small, rural eatery in Puglia, Italy, to a three Michelin-starred French restaurant. It is not surprising that often one's most vivid memories of a vacation abroad are centered on meals that one enjoyed there, whether it's of a flavorful bowl of pasta carbonara, eaten with relish in a Roman trattoria after a day seeing the splendid sights of that historic city, a signature pastrami on rye at Katz's legendary deli in New York, soaking in the city's atmosphere, or a mellow breakfast of scrambled eggs at Bills in Sydney.

The world is full of wonderful places to eat, and this guide features 1001 of the very best. Compiled by experts of fine cuisine, 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential reference guide for anyone who adores food and eating out.

A mouthwatering, globe-trotting book, with full-color photographs and informative, vibrant texts, the book brings to life the restaurants, their chefs, and their signature dishes. If readers have ever wondered where to find the best curries in Delhi, feijoada in Brazil, dim sum in Hong Kong, sushi in Tokyo, or antipasti in Rome, this is the only book they will need.

Entertainment / Music

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with photographs and interviews by David Mushegain, with an introduction by Anthony Kiedis (Running Press)

Over three decades, the Red Hot Chili Peppers has reached a worldwide, multi-generational audience and sold over 80 million records. Their performances have become legendary as much for the music and antics on stage as the community of people who stand side by side, screaming their approval.

Fandemonium is a one-of-a-kind tribute from one of the best-selling bands in the world to their legions of fans. This is a fan appreciation book from the band that puts the emphasis where it should be – on the fans. A vivid montage of words from the band members, it includes hundreds of photos taken at concerts worldwide, and interviews with fifty of devoted RHCP fans around the globe.

Fandemonium was inspired by a man with a camera – David Mushegain. Mushegain is a top photographer for Vogue, Interview, and various other publications. In accompanying the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their 2011-12 world tour, Mushegain gained unique access to the band’s devotees, and presents the best of the images he captures in this volume.

The book features photos and interviews by Mushegain and an introduction by Anthony Kiedis. Lead singer Kiedis – New York Times bestselling author of his memoir, Scar Tissue – writes about the making of Fandemonium, and tells the story of the band’s connection with their fans from day one in 1983 and how that relationship has evolved over three decades.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers came together in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style puts an emphasis on funk, punk, and psychedelic rock. The band consists of founding members Kiedis (vocals) and Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary (bass), alongside drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Over thirty years the Chili Peppers has become one of the bestselling bands in history, won seven Grammys, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Designed with a DIY/fanzine feel, Fandemonium is more than a fan tribute; it’s a cultural exchange that captures the unique connection of an iconic band as devoted to their fans as the fans are to them. The interviews – plus the deeply personal writing of Kiedis – reveal the powerful connection that exists between the band and its fans, and how it's sustained itself for more than thirty years. The stories that emerge range from fantastic to tragic, but always inspirational and life-affirming.

History / US / World War I / Arts & Photography

Brushes with War: Paintings and Drawings by the Troops of World War I: The WWHAM Collection of Original Art by Joel R. Parkinson (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Brushes with War is a history of World War I in broad brush strokes. Over 230 original paintings, drawings, sculpture, and trench art by the combatants of World War I cover all aspects of the war and most major battles from Mons (1914) to the Meuse-Argonne (1918). The artists were American, Austrian, Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, French, German, and Russian soldiers, not professional artists, but amateurs depicting their own daily struggles as they saw them.

The author, Joel R. Parkinson, now pastor of Covenant Bible Church as well as the Director and Curator of the World War History & Art Museum (WWHAM), is a 1982 mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana who spent eight years in research & development for nuclear submarines during the Cold War.

Along with new weaponry the Great War saw a magnificent proliferation of images. No longer would cameras just take static portraits as in the Civil War. Now action shots were possible. Popular artists would be called upon to produce propaganda posters splashed with bright colors. Refined artists would literally be enlisted to serve as official war illustrators on canvas. Yet all this activity produced authorized impressions. Army photographers, journalists, propagandists, and commissioned artists toed the official line within the constraints of censorship. When they did not exaggerate the truth they still tended to overlook the nastier side of the war.

Marching to the tune of a different drummer, an independent source of pictures emerged from this steady drum roll of images. As the war settled into more or less fixed positions, some warriors took it upon themselves to paint and draw. They were not commissioned, compensated, controlled, or censored. They were freelancers with all the commensurate limitations and freedoms.

Brushes with War presents art by some of these obscure veterans. All of the art is from the Brushes with War collection at the World War History 8 Art Museum (WWHAM) in Alliance, Ohio. About half of the Brushes with War collection is reproduced in the book punctuated with a few examples of so-called trench art. Austrian, German, British. Russian, French, Canadian, Belgian, Australian, Italian, and American artists are represented with emphasis on the Western Front. The artists range in rank from privates to majors. The works shown are firsthand. Most of them were produced during the war; a handful were done in retrospect. A couple of the ‘behind the lines’ examples are images by civilian artists. But they all embody Brushes with War.

Why art? Paintings and drawings occupy a special niche that cannot be filled by black and white photos. The hues of paint depict the war in livid color. Yet more importantly, paintings capture moods, ideas, and motifs that cameras could never see. Paintings could portray all the shades and shadows of night. Finally, paintings are convenient for describing history in broad brush strokes. Art simply presents the war in a light unseen elsewhere.

Why veterans? From the trenches and the field, the troops possessed insights into the fortunes and nuances of war that no passerby could grasp, even if he did nominally wear captain's bars. They knew their subjects face to face. For instance, the British captain, Bruce Bairnsfather, drew famous cartoons that were all too true to the anxieties and absurdities of the trenches because he had endured them himself. The mere artist painted the appearance while the soldier painted the essence of a thing. Official artists told someone else's story; veterans were a story. Their background is as interesting as their subject matter. Their paintings are autobiographical even when they are not self-portraits. Theirs are pictures produced from direct Brushes with War.

A casual survey of the paintings in Brushes with War reveals general trends among veteran art that distinguishes it from the official and popular art of its day. Veteran art was often small, stark, simple, and subdued in comparison with its commissioned or popular counterparts. These qualities are reasonably self-evident from the examples shown in the book, and the reasons for hats are not hard to surmise.

The paintings and drawings by soldiers tend to be small. Many are about the size of a sheet of writing paper; some are no bigger than a postcard. Much veteran art is stark, even dark. A quick look shows that quite a few of the paintings by soldiers are at night. For the most part these veteran artists were amateurs. They had little or no formal artistic training. Perhaps some of them relied on silhouettes out of necessity, not possessing the proficiency to depict human faces and forms in more lively detail. No doubt soldier artists were drawn to the symbolic quality of night.

Veteran artists seem to have followed the dictum to keep it simple. In warfare, simple strategies have less that can go wrong. The most effective tactical skills are the simple ones drilled into infantry who carry them out mechanically without second thought and regardless of fear. Appropriately, military art with the most merit is often simple.

Related to starkness and simplicity, veteran artists were rather inclined to subdued subjects. Many of their paintings are somber in mood. Many subjects are slow or even still in motion: horses pulling, men trudging, No Man's Land waiting. Paintings by Tindall, Lortac, Roblin, Leonard, and Thornay display the same bored quality of watching and waiting in the trenches at different stages throughout the war. The fact is, the war was not composed of non-stop, fast-paced action, but was an endless grind interrupted only sporadically by anything resembling a frenzy. Veteran artists had a keen eye for perceiving the significant in the mundane; they painted the norm in all of its drudgery along with the occasional outburst. They also seem to have shied away from depicting the goriest images of their fallen buddies.

Brushes with War is a unique collection. Just as snapshot photos are often more realistic than posed professional portraits, these works of art provide genuine impressions of the war than the official art and illustrations of the time. The stark, subdued simplicity of these veteran artists has a strength of its own. Through their eyes, readers can experience something of their Brushes with War, but without the risks.

Home & Garden / Animals

The Illustrated Guide to Cows: How to Choose Them – How to Keep Them by Celia Lewis (Bloomsbury)

Cows are one of the most undemanding domestic animals to keep, being mainly healthy and temperate, and keeping cattle as a smallholder can be a rewarding enterprise, supplying the owners with food and milk and helping with the management of grassland on their property.
The Illustrated Guide to Cows covers the 62 most familiar breeds of cattle in Europe and North America. Breed profiles cover the history of each breed, their main characteristics and how to look after them. Each is beautifully illustrated by the author, Celia Lewis, a prize-winning illustrator.
Helpful introductory sections offer practical advice on all elements of rearing calves and keeping cattle. Everything readers need to know is here, from what to consider about land, housing and fencing, whether to choose beef or dairy cows, the latest rules and regulations, tips on buying, moving and handling their stock, to guidance on feeding, breeding and calving. Lewis also illustrates the various cuts of beef, explains how to make cream, butter and cheese, and provides an overview of common ailments readers might encounter as a smallholder.

According to the introduction to The Illustrated Guide to Cows, cattle are ungulates, meaning that they are hoofed animals, and it is thought that they have been domesticated for around 10,000 years. All present-day cattle are descended from the prehistoric Aurochs that migrated across Asia from India, reaching Europe about 250,000 years ago. Amazingly, the last Aurochs died in Poland as recently as 1627. Aurochs were hunted by humans long before they were domesticated, as can be seen in prehistoric cave paintings in many parts of the world, the most famous being those at Lascaux, France. Cattle are not indigenous to the Americas but were first introduced into the Caribbean area in the early 1500s by the Spanish. Dairy cattle were introduced by British settlers in the early 1700s.

another delightful addition to her series of illustrated guides on farm animals. – Country Life

charming – Countryman

The Illustrated Guide to Cows is a delightfully illustrated and informative book written in an engaging style. Lewis's book is perfect for anyone interested in keeping a cow or two who would like to choose the best breed for their circumstances.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond: Knotted Jewelry with Beads by Raquel Cruz (Kalmbach Books)

My goal is to help people share my passion for macramé and learn how to make beautiful jewelry with this technique. With my experience as a graphic designer, I can take a simple idea and shape it into something gorgeous. – Raquel Cruz

Made with common, colorful jewelry cord, micro macramé offers the latest look for jewelry makers everywhere. Micro macramé is the technique of making tiny knots with cords that are much thinner than those used in the traditional macramé art of the 1960s and ‘70s. With 15 projects, Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond turns any novice jewelry maker into a master of this emerging technique. Many of the projects are bracelets, which are popular and quick to work up, but this illustrated guide also includes a variety of necklaces and other beautiful projects. With a focus on techniques, the book also teaches jewelry makers how to incorporate beads and crystals into their macramé jewelry to make each piece their own.

Jewelry artist Raquel Cruz in Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond shows readers how to transform cords, tiny knots, and beads into affordable and attractive jewelry. Readers get step-by-step instructions for 17 projects to make and wear. With just a few basics knots, they are able to create lots of different looks. Readers can begin with a simple knotted chain, or test their newfound skills with a set of earrings.

Readers choose from fun, colorful projects, each with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The fine knotting cord used in micro macramé produces tiny, refined-looking knots that are beautiful and colorful when used in jewelry. Cord for micro macramé is easy to find in a wide range of colors. Readers add beads and their micro macramé becomes a bracelet, necklace, or other accessory.

The first part of Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond teaches readers basic knots, terminology, and techniques. Projects start easy, and then become more involved as readers sharpen their skills. The projects in the final chapter introduce a few specialty knotting techniques.

Although the knots used in macramé have been in use for a long time, as a designer, Cruz brings a new look to this favorite pastime. Cruz’s many years as a graphic designer are evident in her beautifully proportioned jewelry and clear illustrations. Readers learn the techniques to create easy micro macramé jewelry and with a few basic knots, they are able to create lots of different looks. Whether readers are micro-macramé hobbyists or professional artists in this emerging craft, they will find a project in Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond that fits them perfectly.

International Law / Human Rights

ASEAN and Human Trafficking: Case Studies of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam by Naparat Kranrattanasuit (International Studies in Human Rights Series, Vol. 109: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff)

Trafficking in persons is a serious crime that affects the human rights, dignity and integrity of all its victims including women, men, and children in the Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN) region. ASEAN has made efforts to fight human trafficking through the establishment of regional counter-human trafficking laws and human rights bodies to establish best norms and practices for its member countries. Despite these efforts, ASEAN has been unable to get this problem under control.

ASEAN and Human Trafficking reviews the achievements and the deficiencies of ASEAN's counter-human strategies at the national and regional level. It offers suggestions for the reform of ASEAN's anti-trafficking laws and for the creation of a regional anti-trafficking human rights body specialized in preventing human trafficking, promoting equal protection of all trafficking victims, and prosecuting human traffickers.

Author Naparat Kranrattanasuit, Doctor of Juridicial Science, American University, Washington College of Law, is a lecturer at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University.

According to Kranrattanasuit in ASEAN and Human Trafficking, the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently declared that there are more than 11.7 million forced labor victims in the Asia-Pacific region encompassing the biggest concentration of forced labor victims in the world. These efforts have focused mostly on helping women and children, but approximately forty-five percent of victims around the world are men and boys. The United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/RES/64/178) has addressed the global economic recession, which has impacted not only trafficking in women and children, but also men. Even though one third of Southeast Asian women and children are vulnerable to human trafficking, the Strategic Information Response Network (SIREN) demonstrates that there is a growing number of men being trafficked in construction, agriculture, and fishing industries.

ASEAN and Human Trafficking says that it is imperative that ASEAN strengthen its regional methods and strategies by designing a new regional anti-human trafficking law or ASEAN Declaration on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Trafficking Victims (ADTV) stipulating sufficient measures of prevention, protection, and prosecution, and creating a monitoring human rights body or ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Trafficking Victims (ACTV) specializing in preventing human trafficking, protecting all groups of trafficking victims, and prosecuting perpetrators of human trafficking in order to guide its member countries in the right direction against trafficking in persons.

ASEAN and Human Trafficking examines the domestic laws and mechanisms of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam because these member countries have made additional commitments to strengthen their laws through the COMMIT Process16 where the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) serves as the Secretariat. COMMIT has underscored the necessity of providing protection for all women, children, and men victims of all kinds of human trafficking. The process has adopted labor policies and monitoring system of employment recruitment agencies to combat the crime. These three countries can represent other ASEAN member countries' strengths and weaknesses of the fight against human trafficking. Their governments' actions have demonstrated several efforts in criminal justice responses to human trafficking.

Since ASEAN has a vision of community integration for 2015, ASEAN and Human Trafficking highlights. With its deficiencies, this research proposes the establishment of specific counter-human trafficking measures like ASEAN Declaration on the Promotion and Protection of Trafficking Victims (ADTV) and the formation of ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Trafficking Victims (ACTV) comprised of experts, who specialize in suppressing human trafficking, protecting victims, and prosecuting offenders.

Chapter Two of ASEAN and Human Trafficking elaborates on ASEAN'S historical background and discusses ASEAN'S focus on political-security and economic integration. It also evaluates ASEAN'S influence in internal and external communities to look at whether their influence can mobilize countries to engage in anti-human trafficking efforts. This chapter discusses the main principles of the ASEAN influence, or ASEAN Way on the region's approach to human rights, including counter-human trafficking. It concludes that ASEAN should not completely follow its rules because they can decelerate anti-human trafficking development in the ASEAN region.

Chapter Three discusses three issues, in order to assert the need of establishing a new anti-human trafficking law and body in ASEAN, they include: counter-human trafficking law, structure, and power of human rights bodies. ASEAN'S existing legal instruments and guidelines are examined to determine whether they contain sufficient measures that promote and protect the rights of all trafficking victims. This chapter explores whether ASEAN'S anti-human trafficking structure can tackle the trafficking of all victims. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of the ASEAN human rights bodies that deal with anti-human trafficking in order to respond whether ASEAN has adequately given these bodies' basic authorities to equally promote and protect all trafficking victims.

Chapter Four focuses on four areas. First, it examines the causes of the increase in human trafficking in these three countries. Second, it examines these countries' implementation and non-implementation of their commitment under the U.N. Palermo Protocol because six ASEAN member countries have ratified this treaty. Third, it analyzes their governments' criminal justice responses to human trafficking. This chapter demonstrates why the governments of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam need a regional anti-human trafficking mechanism like the ACTV to assist them in addressing the root causes of trafficking in persons.

Chapter Five of ASEAN and Human Trafficking proposes the creation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Promotion and Protection on the Rights of Trafficking Victims (ADTV) because ASEAN lacks a regional legal instrument and mechanism that can address and tackle trafficking of all victims, including men. This chapter draws attention to vital matters of the ADTIP and to special characteristics of the ACTV with monitoring power. This section also considers the feasibility of ASEAN's acceptance of the ACTV. Chapter Six provides the conclusion and recommendations for the establishment of ADTV and the formation of ACTV.

Literature & Fiction / American / Historical / Short Stories

“Hero Strong” and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women’s Worldly Achievement in Antebellum America by Mary Gibson, edited, with an introduction by Daniel A. Cohen (The University of Tennessee Press)

"I must be wealthy and famous – then famous and wealthy – and then both together," Hero Strong exclaimed to her fellow academy students. "This is the burden of my song – fame and riches. And both must be won by this good right hand." That brash passage was, at once, typical of Mary Gibson's early story-paper tales and reflective of an extraordinary moment of transition in American women's history and in the history of American women's fiction. – from the book

A teenage orphan from Vermont, Mary Gibson burst onto the literary scene during the early 1850s as a star writer, under the pseudonym Winnie Woodfern, for more than half a dozen Boston ‘story papers,’ mass-circulation weekly periodicals that specialized in popular fiction. Although she would soon join such famous woman authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fannie Fern and E. D. E. N. Southworth as featured contributors to the New York Ledger, America’s greatest story paper, Gibson’s subsequent output rarely matched the gender-bending creativity of the tales written in her late teens and early twenties and reprinted in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories.
But “Hero Strong” and Other Stories does much more than recover the work of a forgotten literary prodigy. As explained by historian Daniel A. Cohen, Gibson’s tales also illuminate major interrelated transformations in American girlhood and American women’s authorship. Cohen is an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.
This first modern scholarly edition of Mary Gibson’s early fiction features ten tales of teenage girls (seemingly much like Gibson herself) who fearlessly appropriate masculine traits, defy contemporary gender norms, and struggle to fulfill high worldly ambitions. In addition to several heroines who seek ‘fame and riches’ as authors or artists, Gibson’s unconventional protagonists include three female medical students who resort to grave robbing and a Boston ingénue who dreams of achieving military glory in battle. By moving beyond ‘literary domesticity’ and embracing bold new models of women’s authorship, artistry, and worldly achievement, Gibson and her fictional protagonists stand as exemplars of “the first generation of American girls who imagined they could do almost anything.”
According to Cohen in the preface to “Hero Strong” and Other Stories, during the middle decades of the nineteenth century, powerful social and cultural forces roused the worldly ambitions of American girls as never before. The same market revolution of the early republic that expanded the horizons of young men also eventually disrupted the traditional social expectations of their sisters. Just as thousands of farmers' sons pursued new careers in trade, industry, and the professions, so did thousands of farmers' daughters, especially in the Northeast, find paid employment in factories, shops, and classrooms (though white, native-born women generally stopped working outside the home after marriage). Expanded economic options were paralleled by improved educational opportunities.

By the 1850s, venturous American girls not only aspired to careers as teachers, authors, artists, and even doctors, but also fantasized about female triumphs in the political arena and on the military battlefield. Even as social roles previously reserved for men became accessible – or, at least, imaginable – to young American women, girls began to experiment with new forms of ‘female masculinity’ in attitude, bearing, play, dress, ambition, behavior, and sexuality. The literary image of the ‘tomboy,’ widely popularized during the 1860s, reflected (even as it arguably domesticated) powerful impulses and ambitions unleashed in thousands of American girls after mid-century.

Many of the sketches and short stories that Mary Gibson published in story papers during the 1850s explore the new aspirations of American girls of her generation. Thus the heroines of all ten of the tales reprinted in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories pursue – or, at least, dream of pursuing – high worldly ambitions. In "The Shadow of My Sister" (1853), the only avowedly biographical sketch in the group, Gibson recalls how her older sister outperformed fellow students of both sexes at a coeducational academy in New Hampshire, winning the highest prize at a competitive end-of-term exhibition. In all of the other tales, fictional heroines move beyond the schoolroom to pursue their ambitions in the wider world. "Will Triumphant" (1853), "The Three Magical Words" (1853), and "The Good Angel of Georgian Eden's Life" (1855) are tales of aspiring female artists, while "Hearts of Iron, Hearts of Gold, and Hearts of Steel" (1854), "Hero Strong" (1855), and "The Star Window" (1856) are stories of young women who achieve fame as authors. "One Night in the Life of a Female Resurrectionist" (1854), the only thriller included in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories, recounts the adventures of three girls who defy social disapproval to attend a female medical college. The protagonist of "Fame vs. Love" (1854) is a Boston belle who dreams of winning military glory in the Mexican War (or some similar conflict). Finally, Gibson comes full circle in "Twenty Years After" (1859), presenting in the fictional character of Marguerite her own romanticized self-portrait as a world-weary literary star who returns to Vermont to attend a reunion of former academy students.

The heroines of Gibson's story-paper tales not only pursue worldly vocations traditionally monopolized by men but also, in many other ways, appropriate conventionally masculine traits, behaviors, attitudes, styles, clothes, and fashion accessories. The diminutive girl-artist in "Will Triumphant" succeeds in painting a prize-winning portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte because her own indomitable spirit so closely resembles that of her imperial subject. The protagonist of "The Three Magical Words" is also inspired by Napoleon; she knocks down a girl who torments her and then waves a sword in triumph. In "Hearts of Iron, Hearts of Gold, and Hearts of Steel," Hilda Siler knows how to ride horses and handle a musket with "the fearlessness and dexterity of a veteran soldier." The protagonist of "Fame vs. Love" dreams of donning a military uniform and riding into battle alongside her lover-husband. On their grave-robbing expeditions, the female medical students in "One Night in the Life of a Female Resurrectionist" take up pickaxes and disguise themselves in masks and male clothing. The title character in "Hero Strong" parts her hair like a boy, smokes cigars, sports a heavy signet ring, sings in a deep voice, flexes muscles as ‘strong as iron,’ and is determined to become ‘famous and wealthy.’ Like Hero Strong, Georgian Eden is as ‘ardent and ambitious’ as a man, yearning for enough ‘fame and wealth’ to satisfy her ‘wildest dreams.’ Clyda Stanton, the heroine of "The Star Window," is so ‘determined and fiery’ – that is, so manly in spirit – that her guardian wistfully observes that "Clyda should have been Clyde." In "Twenty Years After," the dashing Marguerite rides a powerful black steed, dresses in black from head to foot, and wears a black Maltese cross (a symbol of martial courage) on her breast.

Within just a few years an influential cadre of mostly male authors, critics, editors, and publishers based in New England and operating through such elite venues as the Atlantic Monthly (established in 1857) had begun to construct an American ‘high literary’ canon, consisting largely of the writings of their own friends and associates, that would remain essentially intact for more than a century. In the process, these self-appointed cultural arbiters succeeded in differentiating nineteenth-century fiction into three broad tiers: a male-dominated ‘highbrow’ sphere of ‘serious literature’; a feminized ‘middlebrow’ sphere, consisting largely of domestic or sentimental fiction; and a sub-literary ‘lowbrow’ sphere of story-paper tales and dime novels – snidely denigrated as suitable only for children, immigrants, and members of the semiliterate lower classes.

Unfortunately, modern scholars have been too readily influenced by such unfair and self-interested characterizations of story-paper production. Although literary historians have taken great strides since the 1970s in rediscovering – and culturally rehabilitating – women's domestic fiction, ‘lowbrow’ story papers remain largely unexplored and unappreciated. In part, this neglect is due to the tendency of scholars to focus on full-length, freestanding novels rather than on poems, short stories, or serialized fiction scattered throughout the weekly issues of ephemeral story papers, many of which do not even survive in complete runs. Not coincidentally, the few story-paper stars who have received considerable scholarly attention – such as Fanny Fern, E. D. E. N. Southworth, and Louisa May Alcott – are those who also published best-selling novels. Further, when modern scholars have analyzed the literary output of such luminaries, they have tended to evaluate it not in relation to the entire gamut of story-paper production but in the context of women's conventional domestic fiction, treating their more daring work as exceptional deviations from the putatively dominant gender norms of domesticity. Meanwhile, the arguably even more daring fiction of story-paper stars such as Mary Gibson remains forgotten. That neglect is not only unfortunate in its own right but also prevents scholars from accurately assessing the handful of story-paper authors who are well known – in that they are being examined outside of the company of some of their closest literary peers.

Even worse, the neglect of Mary Gibson and many other teenage story-paper writers who launched careers after mid-century has helped to obscure the revolution of rising expectations experienced by American girls, both as writers and as readers, during the late antebellum period. Most literary scholars have tended to downplay generational disjunctions in mid-nineteenth-century women's fiction, finding remarkably consistent attitudes, aspirations, and literary approaches among authors in successive cohorts active from the 1820s through 1860s. The only significant generational transition widely recognized by such scholars is the postbellum shift of some American woman writers away from domestic fiction and toward an ambitious new ‘high literary’ style of authorship associated with such elite venues as the Atlantic Monthly – ironically, the very mode that helped to consign story-paper fiction to cultural oblivion. And while social historians have, in recent decades, shed valuable light on important developments in the education and employment of young antebellum women, they have not, for the most part, sufficiently linked those changes to the concurrent transformations in mass publishing and popular literature that gave them such powerful cultural meaning, especially for the extraordinarily hopeful and ambitious cohort of American girls who came of age during the 1850s.

What all ten pieces in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories have in common, of course, aside from their shared authorship and story-paper venues, are the interrelated themes of girlhood ambition, female masculinity, and women's worldly achievement. Cohen says that as of five years ago, when he first stumbled across the early story-paper fiction of Mary Gibson while working on an entirely different scholarly project, it is quite possible that not a single living person had ever read any of the ten stories reprinted in this volume.

As one might expect of pieces written in such haste between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four, the tales reprinted in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories make for somewhat uneven reading. Far from being exemplars of literary realism, these stories often read like daydreams or fantasies, too easily glossing over the considerable obstacles faced by young women who wished to pursue public careers in antebellum America. Yet the value – and fascination – of Gibson's tales for modern readers lies not in their literary realism but in the very real social, cultural, and psychological transformations that their plots vividly illuminate.

For all their literary flaws and fairytale qualities, the sketches and stories in “Hero Strong” and Other Stories convey a remarkably consistent image of expansive youthful aspirations consciously challenging traditional gender constraints – and, in that respect, they are firmly rooted in the generational experiences of Gibson and her peers. What is significant is that by the 1850s the ongoing struggles and dilemmas still experienced by women today had, for the first time, been fully engaged in the lives and imaginations of a generation of young female authors and their readers.

This volume not only offers a powerful and persuasive reinterpretation of women’s literature during [the antebellum] era, but a compelling explanation of how writers and young women themselves responded to unprecedented transformations in female lives.... A significant contribution to literary history and the history of gender. – Steven Mintz, author of Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood

Paraphrasing the editor, Cohen: When Ellen Louise Chandler, another teenage literary prodigy of Gibson's cohort, compiled a volume of her own story-paper sketches in 1854, the publishers plastered Boston with huge advertising posters that challenged passersby with the headline: "Read this book and see what a girl of eighteen can do." An even bolder announcement might be posted for “Hero Strong” and Other Stories: "Read this book and see the first generation of American girls who imagined they could do almost anything."

Professional & Technical / Interior Design / Space Planning / Education & Training

Shaping Interior Space, 2nd edition by Roberto J. Rengel (Fairchild Publications, Inc.)

Designing the built environment is difficult. Design students learn to ‘do’ design while in school. The heart of the designer's education is the design studio, where design is done, not just talked about. Students tackle hypothetical projects that simulate real-life conditions with the assistance of the design instructor and, frequently, others who volunteer their time to provide valuable criticism.

Shaping Interior Space, 2nd edition, emphasizes the impact that designers make through their spatial compositions and design manipulations. Intended for intermediate and advanced students focusing on commercial design, the text covers strategies for creating interior environments that work as a total system to enhance the experience of users. It places the emphasis on design virtues other than function and beauty to address the designer’s role in providing appropriate amounts of order, enrichment, and expression.

Author Roberto J. Rengel, MArch, MIArch, IDEC, IIDA, is a Professor of Interior Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses on professional practice, commercial design, and placemaking. Prior to his academic career, he practiced commercial interior design for fifteen years with Gensler and Associated Space Design.

The structure of Shaping Interior Space, 2nd edition remains intact, based on the ten principles introduced in the first chapter. The order in which the principles are presented roughly follows the design process sequence, but the book's organization continues to be driven by the sequential presentation of the book's themes and not by the strict sequence of steps in the design process. Further, because of the nature of the topic and its location at the point where architecture and interior design meet, much of the terminology used in the book goes back and forth between the two disciplines.

New material has been added to several chapters, and the appendices have been integrated into the main text: "Walls, Ceilings, and Columns" was moved to Chapter 4; the sections on carpet borders, checkerboard patterns, and eye-level decorative bands were moved as a unit to Chapter 8; "Considerations for Office Design" and "The Art of Table Layout in Restaurants" were moved to chapter 5; and "Twenty Retail Store Partis" was moved to Chapter 6.

Other changes include a new section, A Project's Driv­ing Forces; in Chapter 5 that explains the use of clients' mission statements as well as the identification and use of project design goals and strategies during the program­ming phase of a project, and a new capsule, "Corporate Culture." Chapter 6 remains one of the most useful chapters in the text. It has been expanded and reorganized. A new section on design concept statements covers the use and verbal articulation of character concepts in greater detail. Additional examples of concept diagrams are included.

The section on identity in Chapter 9 has been expanded to introduce the topics of personality and self-image, corporate identity, and branding. The new material grounds many of the concepts related to identity in relevant research from the disciplines of consumer behavior and marketing.

The chapters of Shaping Interior Space include:


1.      Mastering Interior Design

2.      People in Buildings

3.      Interior Place and Its Components

4.      The Basics of Space


5.      Understanding

6.      Ideation


7.      Order

8.      Enrichment

9.      Expression


10.  Resolution

11.  Modifiers of Interior Space

Users of Shaping Interior Space will be pleased with the design of the 2nd edition. Other than the text, the book relies heavily on illustrations, most of them simple drawings and diagrams. Although many photographs are used as examples of the ideas presented, whenever possible, drawings have been used as the primary means to illustrate points. The drawings used are loose and design-oriented; they are black and white.

Shaping Interior Space is a studio companion. It is intended for designers of interiors, with a primary focus on the particular realities of the interior design profession. Specifically, it is geared for students who are at least at an intermediate level of design. The book will also be helpful to students and instructors of architecture who have a special interest in the design of interior space.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy

Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Wellbeing edited by Linda Hunt PhD OTR/L FAOTA and Caroline Wolverson DipCOT DipHT MSc (Slack Incorporated)

Work and the Older Person is a book about aging, work, and the relationship between the two. Part exploration, part knowledge building, and part narration, the book draws on the latest research from a variety of disciplines and resources to paint a complete picture of productivity in old age. Dr. Linda A. Hunt and Caroline E. Wolverson, along with the contributors, discuss the relationship between work and aging and highlight the importance of working into old age. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a professor at Pacific University, School of Occupational Therapy, Director, Gerontology Program, Hillsboro, Oregon; and Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc, is senior lecturer at York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, UK. The book has 11 contributors.

Each chapter of Work and the Older Person focuses on narratives from older workers that support the evidence presented with personal stories. These stories illustrate the opportunities, challenges, frustrations, and choices that older people face in maintaining a productive lifestyle. Simultaneously, the text highlights current events and the economy largely within Western societies and discusses the struggle some countries have supplying the financial benefits paid to retirees.

Work and the Older Person, is filled with the stories of older people. The book draws on a wide range of sources to provide a resource for decision makers, those providing employment to people working beyond traditional retirement age, and for those supporting people to remain in employment or find new employment. In addition, it offers encouragement to those wishing to maintain a productive lifestyle beyond retirement age through the inspirational narratives contained in each chapter. Finally, the book covers aging, current events, and the economy largely within Western societies. As countries struggle with the age of retirement and the consequent financial benefits paid to retirees, the book makes an argument that working into old age, for many, actually contributes to longevity and greater quality of life.

Chapters of Work and the Older Person with authors include:

  1. A Historical Perspective – Michael Wolverson, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSC, RNMH, PGCE, RNT
  2. An Occupational Science Perspective – Jane Cronin-Davis, PhD, MSc (Grim Psych), BHSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), BA, PGCAP, FHEA and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc
  3. Theories of Aging – Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  4. Social Justice and the Older Worker – Susan Magasi, PhD; Denise M Nepveux, PhD, OTR/L; and Aimee Thompson, BSc (Hons)
  5. Aging, Disability, and Work – Nancy E. Krusen, PhD, OTR/L; Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc
  6. Well-Being and Employment – Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  7. Ergonomics and the Older Person – Jeff Snodgrass, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
  8. Cognitive Benefits of Working – Ross Andel, PhD
  9. Volunteering – Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc
  10. Technology's Impact on the Way Older People Work and Socialize – Laura Dimmler, PhD, MHA; Erin E. Hunt, BS; and Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc
  11. Finding New Work and Reinventing Oneself – Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L
  12. Sustainability – Caroline Wolverson, DipCOT, DipHT, MSc and Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  13. Work, Legacy, and a Personal Reflection – Linda A. Hunt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

A celebration of older people's continued passion for work, Work and the Older Person shows how engaging in occupations brings purpose to people’s lives. Part exploration, part knowledge building, and part narration, the book draws on the latest research from a variety of disciplines and resources to paint a complete picture of productivity in old age. The text will be of value to all professionals working with older adults, as well as older adults themselves looking to maintain a productive lifestyle. Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, gerontologists, social workers, psychologists, and those working with older people in the health and social care sector will appreciate the inspiring accounts from older workers discussing how work contributes to their self-identity, quality of life, health, and well-being.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Anesthesiology / Reference

Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA): Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Mark S. Weiss MD and Lee Fleisher MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Anesthesiology has witnessed incredible advances over the past 3 decades. Just a few decades ago, it was rare that anesthesiologists were called to provide care outside the typical operating room setting; when doing so, it was usually limited to emergent or highly unusual circumstances. Indeed, training programs primarily focused on providing the highest quality and safest care under the controlled environment of an operating room arena, where supplies, equipment, and personnel were readily available to support most medical complications. The ‘comfort zone’ for nearly all anesthesiologists did not extend far past the sterile corridors of the operating room.

The demand for anesthesiologists outside of the operating room continues to grow as the number of minimally invasive procedures proliferates and the complexity of diagnostic procedures undertaken outside of the OR increase. Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA) is a visual reference that facilitates an in-depth understanding of NORA procedures and protocols needed to minimize risk and complications and to maximize growth opportunities.

Author/editors are Mark S. Weiss, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthe­siology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and director of Inpatient Endoscopy Services at the University of Pennsylvania and Lee A. Fleisher, MD, the Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. The book has 45 contributors.

With Non-Operating Room Anesthesia clinicians are able to:

  • Effectively assess and manage risks and differences in procedures through in-depth discussions addressing the unique challenges and issues associated with non-traditional settings.
  • Review the most recent knowledge with updated coverage of the use of the electrophysiology lab (EPL) and cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) in the care of the critically ill patient; patient assessment; and anesthetic considerations.
  • Prepare for varying anesthetic conditions in non-OR settings with in-depth discussions on communication, management, and laboratory preparation for anticipated concerns or complications.
  • Glean essential, up-to-date, need-to-know information about NORA with coverage that surpasses the depth and scope of review articles and other references.
  • Focus on the practical guidance they need thanks to a user-friendly, color-coded format, key points boxes, drug descriptions, checklist boxes (for monitors, equipment, and drugs), and over 400 color photos that help them visualize each procedure and setting.
  • Access the fully searchable contents online at Expert Consult.

According to Roger A. Moore in the foreword to Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, once the acknowledgment is made that out-of-operating room anesthetic care has to be provided, guidelines for the delivery of that care must be established. Providing anesthesia out of the operating room typically falls outside the training and comfort zone of most anesthesiologists. There are few comprehensive guidelines, protocols, or educational materials tailored to the specific needs of these types of anesthetics. Also, the environment and the techniques are unfamiliar to many anesthesiologists. Education and information are critical for both reducing physician anxiety and for standardizing the procedures and practices for care outside the operating room.

Many anesthesia departments are unprepared psychologically and educationally to meet the increasing demand for out-of-operating room care. There are significant manpower, economic, educational, and patient safety factors that need to be explored in order to operationalize an effective out-of-operating room care plan.

Weiss and Fleisher say that the past several years have seen advances in medical technology that allow physicians to treat a patient with mini­mally invasive procedures. With increasing frequency, these procedures are being performed outside the traditional operating room environment. NORA cases now comprise as many as 70% of the cases being reported to the Anesthesia Quality Institute. In spite of the exponential increase in NORA caseloads, very little attention has been paid to this subspecialty area and even less with regard to developing guidelines, protocols, and educational materials tailored to the specific needs of providing anesthesia in these settings.

The chapters of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia and their authors include:


  1. Engineering Excellence in Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Care – MEGHAN LANE-FALL and MARK S. WEISS

Achieving Excellence in Health Care, Proactive Versus Reactive Approach to Problems, Proactive Approaches: Anticipating Problems, Reactive Approaches: What Happens When Something Goes Wrong, Moving from "Good to Great": Organizational Approaches to Excellence, Conclusion

  1. Designing Safety and Engineering Standards for the Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Procedure Site – KELLY LEBAK, SCOTT SPRINGMAN, and JEFFREY LEE

Initial Planning, Ergonomics, Movement, Tasks, Communication, Lighting, Noise Control, Temperature Control, Power Management, Ventilation, Materials Management, Individual Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Sites, Hybrid Operating Rooms, Conclusion

  1. Room Setup, Critical Supplies, and Medications – MARK C. PHILLIPS

Room Setup, Critical Supplies, Safety Issues in Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Locations, Medications, Allergic Reactions, Benzocaine Spray and Methemoglobinemia, Malignant Hyperthermia, Conclusion

  1. The Role of the Non-Operating Room Anesthesiologist – E. HEIDI JEROME, MANON HACHE, and LENA S. SUN

Oversight of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, Levels of Sedation and Anesthesia, Organizing Safe Practice, Equipment, Personnel, Conclusion


  1. Continuous Quality Improvement for Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Locations – JULIA I. METZNER and KAREN B. DOMINO

Quality, Selecting Indicators, Validity of Continuous Quality Improvement Indicators in Anesthesiology, Methods to Improve Quality of Care: Quality Improvement Model Descriptions, Critical Incidents, Sentinel Events, Root Cause Analysis, Human Factors Analysis, Quality and Safety Improvement Efforts outside the Operating Room, Conclusion

  1. Critical Monitoring Issues for Non-Operating Room Anesthesia – JOHN P. SCOTT

Basic Monitors, Temperature, Advanced Monitors, Site-Specific Monitoring Considerations, Conclusion

  1. Intravenous Anesthesia and Sedation outside the Operating Room – ANIL GUPTA and JOHAN RAEDER

Sedation, Sedation and Analgesia, and Anesthesia, Drugs Used for Sedation and Anesthesia, Monitoring during Total Intravenous Anesthesia and Analgesia, Side Effects and Complications, Recovery and Discharge, Total Intravenous Anesthesia for Specific Patients, Conclusion


  1. Practice Procedure – ERIC A. HARRIS

Patient Selection, Pitfalls of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, Risks and Safety of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, The Future of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia


Preoperative Assessment, Coexisting Diseases, Preoperative Testing, Perioperative Medications, Fasting Guidelines, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia in the Catheterization Laboratory: Valves and Devices – JACK S. SHANEWISE

Hemodynamic Monitoring, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedural Complications, Transapical Closure of Mitral Prosthesis Paravalular Regurgitation, Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device, Mitral Valve Edge-to-Edge Clip Repair, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia for Electrophysiology Procedures – JONATHAN W. TANNER, ROGER A. MOORE, and MARK S. WEISS

Role of the Anesthesiologist in the Electrophysiology Laboratory, Considerations in the Electrophysiology Laboratory, The Physiology of Cardiac Arrhythmias, Catheter-Based Ablations, Device Implantation, Lead Extractions, Noninvasive Programmed Stimulation, Postoperative Care and Pain Management, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia for Cardioversion – MAX KANEVSKY

Preoperative Assessment, Intraoperative Management, Postoperative Course, Conclusion

  1. High-Frequency Ventilation for Respiratory Immobilization – JEFF F. MANDEL

Uses of High-Frequency Ventilation for Respiratory Immobilization, Types of Ventilators, Physics of High-Frequency Jet Ventilation, Entrainment, Carbon Dioxide Elimination, Breath Stacking, Monitoring of High-Frequency Jet Ventilation, Humidification of Inspired Gas, Hemodynamic Effects of High-Frequency Jet Ventilation, The Physiology of Apnea, Anesthetic Management, Future Directions

  1. Anesthesia for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – BASAVANA G. GOUDRA, JONATHAN W. TANNER, PREET MOHINDER SINGH, and GREGORY G. GINSBERG

Patient Populations Presenting for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures, Preprocedure Evaluation, Anesthetic Drugs for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Airway Management, Conduct of Anesthesia for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Monitoring, Complications, Future

  1. Anesthesia for Colonoscopy – ESTHER D. GARAZI, CHRISTOPHER D. PRESS, and PEDRO P. TANAKA

History of Anesthesia for Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures, General Considerations, Complications, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia in the Bronchoscopy Suite – MARK A. LEIBEL, W. KIRKE ROGERS, and RICHARD E. GALGON

Interventional Bronchoscopic Techniques, Preoperative Evaluation, Management of Anesthesia: Pharmacology, General Anesthesia, Management of Anesthesia: Airway Choice, Management of Anesthesia: Oxygenation and Ventilation, Management of Anesthesia: Other Considerations, Management of Complications, Conclusion

  1. Adult Anesthesia in the Radiology Suite – DANIEL RUBIN and THOMAS CUTTER

Radiopaque Contrast, Radiation Safety, General Considerations, Visceral Procedures, Vascular Procedures, Neurological Procedures

  1. Pediatric Anesthesia in the Radiology Suite – CHRISTINA D. DIAZ and ROSE CAMPISE-LUTHER

Pediatric Anesthesia in Remote Locations, Preoperative Considerations, Specific Areas of Radiology Procedures, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia Concerns in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Environment – RAMON MARTIN

Training and Personnel, The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Suite, Patient Selection, Remote Monitoring, Devices in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Anesthetic Concerns with Computerized Axial Tomography, Remote Monitoring, Bore of the Computed Tomography, Contrast Dye Anaphylactic Response, Summary


  1. Scheduling Anesthesia Services outside the Operating Room – RAMON MARTIN

Associated Background Issues, Knowledge of the Procedure, The Schedule, Summary

  1. Financial and Operational Analysis for Non-Operating Room Anesthesia – CAITLIN J. GUO and ALEX MACARIO

Market Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Comparative Advantages, Financial Considerations, An Example Analysis, Operational Infrastructure, Conclusion

  1. Anesthesia and Competitive Strategies – JOHN M. TRUMMEL and SOPHIA VAN HOFF

Practice Patterns in Non-Operating Room Sedation, Propofol Use by Nonanesthesiologists, Safety of Propofol in the Non-Operating Room Setting, Economic Considerations, Policy Considerations and Guidelines for the Use of Propofol, Moderate Sedation, Other Modalities, Conclusion


  1. Development of Future Systems – LARRY LINDENBAUM

Evolution of Automated or Computer-Assisted Systems, Conclusion

  1. Novel Staffing Coverage for Anesthesia outside the Operating Room – MARY ELLEN WARNER, LINDSAY L. WARNER, and NAFISSEH S. WARNER

Complexity as the Norm, Personnel for Anesthesia Services, How are Practice Models Determined?, Novel Anesthesia Models for outside the Operating Room, Conclusion

In Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, Drs. Mark Weiss and Lee Fleisher have provided an important tool to address both the challenges and opportunities for anesthesiologists in providing non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) care. As NORA continues to consume more of the time and effort of anesthesia departments, NORA training should become an integral part of anesthesia residency programs. However, until anesthesiologists do receive formal education in NORA, I believe this book will go a long way in expanding the comfort zone of anesthesiologists to out-of-operating room locations. As minimally invasive procedures rapidly increase, it is certain that the practice of anesthesia will significantly expand in nontraditional environments and that our services will be vital for the smooth flow of patient care in all out-of-operating room settings. – Roger A. Moore, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Past President, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Past President, American Society of Anesthesiologists

Easy to access and highly visual, Non-Operating Room Anesthesia serves as an educational resource in regard to issues of setup, quality control, patient care and safety, and economic viability that are specific to NORA. The contributing authors are all outstanding clinicians who have developed expertise that relates to NORA. The information presented will facilitate improved patient care and provide a resource for the inclusion of NORA training within residency training programs. This is, in many ways, an important part of the future of anesthesia.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology

Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition (Principles of Cardiovascular Imaging) by Stuart J. Hutchison MD FRCPC FACC FAHA FASE FSCMR FSCCT and Naeem Merchant MD FRCP(C) (Elsevier Saunders)

Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography has everything clinicians need – on topics ranging from evidence-based CTA to noncoronary lesions – to successfully obtain and interpret CT and CTA images. Stuart J. Hutchison – a premier cardiac imaging specialist – explains the dos and don'ts of CCT so clinicians get the best images and avoid artifacts. Hutchison, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Departments of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine, and Radiology University of Calgary, Director of Echocardiography, Foothills Medicine Centre and Libin Cardiovascular Institute Calgary and Naeem Merchant, MD, FRCP(C), Clinical Professor of Medicine, Departments of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine, and Radiology University of Calgary.

With Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography clinicians are able to:

  • Access the fully searchable contents online at Expert Consult, along with an image library and videos of CTA procedures.
  • Get only the coverage that they need – from evidence-based CTA to determination of coronary calcium to noncoronary lesions – from focused, clinically oriented, and practical information.
  • Obtain the best image quality and avoid artifacts through instructions on how to and how not to perform cardiovascular computed tomography.
  • Gain a clear visual understanding through high-quality images – many in color – that reinforce the quality of information in the text.
  • Master probe settings and measurements using numerous tables with useful values and settings.
  • Find information easily thanks to a consistent format.

Chapters of Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of the Process, Exclusions and Risks, and Preparation
  3. Radiation and Radiation Risk
  4. Contrast Enhancement
  5. Noise and Artifacts
  6. CT Coronary Angiography
  7. CTA Assessment of Coronary Artery Stents
  8. CTA Assessment of Saphenous Vein Grafts and Internal Thoracic (Mammary) Arteries
  9. Coronary Artery Anomalies of Origin and Course
  10. Coronary Artery Anomalies of Termination: Fistulae and Arteriovenous Malformations
  11. Coronary Artery Aneurysms
  12. Coronary Artery Dissections
  13. Coronary Ostial and Left Main Stem Lesions, Spasm, and Thrombus
  14. Determination of Coronary Calcium
  15. Pericardial Diseases
  16. Assessment of Native Cardiac Valves
  17. Assessment of Prosthetic Heart Valves
  18. Assessment of Infective Endocarditis and Valvular Tumors
  19. Assessment of Left Ventricular Function, Infarction, Perfusion, and Viability
  20. Assessment of Left Ventricular Structural Abnormalities
  21. Myopathies
  22. Electrophysiologic Applications of Cardiac CT
  23. Cardiac and Paracardiac Masses
  24. Simple Congenital Heart Disease
  25. Assessment of Complex and Repaired Congenital Heart Disease
  26. Aortic Diseases
  27. Assessment of Peripheral Vascular Diseases
  28. Pulmonary Embolism and Other Pulmonary Artery Lesions
  29. Caval Anatomy: Variants and Lesions
  30. Noncoronary/Noncardiac Lesions

With Principles of Cardiac and Vascular Computed Tomography clinicians become part of the breakthrough and move forward with confidence. They get only the coverage they need with clinically oriented, practical information presented in a consistent format that makes finding everything quick and easy. High-quality images and access to the full text and more online at Expert Consult make this the one cardiovascular computed tomography resource that has it all.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Ophthalmology

Mastering Corneal Surgery: Recent Advances and Current Techniques edited by Amar Agarwal MD and Thomas John MD (Slack Incorporated)

Corneal surgery has become very complex and demanding. From the days of simple keratoplasties we have moved to the latest endothelial keratoplasty technique, pre-Descemet's endothelial keratoplasty. To add to this are cataract surgery and the latest glued intraocular lens surgery. An ophthalmologist would also need to know other aspects of corneal treatment like collagen cross-linking and contact lens-assisted collagen cross-linking for thin corneas.

Mastering Corneal Surgery: Recent Advances and Current Techniques comprehensively covers all the recent advances in the existing techniques for common and rare corneal conditions, as well as the potential intraoperative circumstances surgeons can face with their patients.
Mastering Corneal Surgery by Drs. Amar Agarwal and Thomas John, together with the contributors, covers the most recent innovations in corneal surgery, including corneal procedures in combination with IOL implantation in eyes with deficient capsules, and combining endothelial keratoplasty with IOL repositioning. Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth, Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital and Eye Research Centre, Chennai, India, including 60 hospitals worldwide, and John, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Loyola University at Chicago, Maywood, Illinois. The book has 61 contributors.

Mastering Corneal Surgery facilitates surgeons in structuring their varied surgical knowledge. It covers all the recent advances in existing techniques for common and rare corneal conditions presented by the leading authors in their respective fields. Step-by-step approaches to various corneal procedures are well illustrated in 29 chapters, and excellent accompanying surgical videos present the potential intraoperative circumstances surgeons may face. The book highlights novel surgical methods and their differences from existing techniques, including pre-Descemet's endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK), a recent advancement in endothelial keratoplasty that involves the transplantation of Descemet's membrane with endothelium along with the pre-Descemet's (Dua's) layer.

To make the book easy to understand, there are surgical photos and illustrations, but most important of all are the surgical videos. These videos help readers perform any surgery on the cornea from deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty to Descemet's membrane anterior keratoplasty to pre-Descemet's endothelial keratoplasty with glued intraocular lenses.

Mastering Corneal Surgery is divided into 4 sections. The first section covers keratoplasties including lamellar keratoplasties. The second section covers keratoprosthesis and its ramifications. The third section covers corneal surgery related to cataract surgery, which includes timbal relaxing incisions. Finally, the fourth section is the Miscellaneous section. In each section, every chapter is authored by the top surgeons in that field.

Contents of Mastering Corneal Surgery include:

Section I Keratoplasty

  1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Cornea – Prafulla K. Maharana, MD and Namrata Sharma, MD
  2. Penetrating Keratoplasty – Thomas John, MD
  3. Automated Lamellar Therapeutic Keratoplasty – Namrata Sharma, MD and Prafulla K. Maharana, MD
  4. Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty – Laura Vickers, MD and Terry Kim, MD
  5. Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty – Ian Gorovoy, MD and Bennie H. Jeng, MD, MS
  6. Ultra-Thin Grafts for Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty – Vincenzo Scorcia, MD; Elena Albe, MD; and Massimo Busin, MD
  7. Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty – Yuri McKee, MD and Francis W. Price Jr., MD
  8. Endoilluminator-Assisted Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty – Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  9. Corneal Surgery and the Glued Intraocular Lens Technique – Priya Narang, MS and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  10. Pre-Descemet's Endothelial Keratoplasty – Ashvin Agarwal, MS; Dhivya Ashok Kumar, MD; Priya Narang, MS; Harminder S. Dua, MS, FRCOphth, FRCS, FEBO, PhD; and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  11. Corneal Graft Rejection – Saima M. Qureshi, MD and Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD
  12. Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Corneal Graft Surgery – Jorge L. Alio, MD, PhD; Felipe Soria, MD; Alfredo Vega-Estrada, MD; and Ahmed Abdou, MD, PhD

Section II Keratoprosthesis and Ocular Surface Disorders

  1. Boston Keratoprosthesis – Bishoy Said, MD and Natalie A. Afshari, MD, FAGS
  2. Modified Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis – Giancarlo Falcinelli, MD; Paolo Colliardo, MD; Giovanni Falcinelli, MD; Andrea Gabrielli, MD; and Maurizio Taloni, MD
  3. Foldable Nonpenetrating Artificial Cornea – Yichieh Shiuey, MD and Jose M. Vargas, MD
  4. Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency – Charles L. Thompson, MD and W. Barry Lee, MD
  5. Amniotic Membrane Transplantation – Athiya Agarwal, MD, DO; Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS; and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth

Section III Corneal Surgery Related to Cataract Surgery    

  1. Limbal Relaxing Incisions – Rachel Kwok, MBBS; Sunil Ganekal, FRCS; and Vishal Jhanji, MD
  2. Femtosecond Laser Corneal Incisions – H. Burkhard Dick, MD, PhD; Tim Schultz, MD; and Ronald D. Gerste, MD, PhD
  3. Intrastromal Arcuate Keratotomy to Reduce Corneal Astigmatism with a Femtosecond Laser – Theresa Ruckl, MD; Alexander Bachernegg, MD; Perry S. Binder, MS, MD; and Gunther Grabner, MD
  4. Descemet's Membrane Detachment: Classification and Management – Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  5. Corneoscleral Pocket Technique – Richard S. Hoffman, MD; Alejandro Cerda, MD; I. Howard Fine, MD; and Annette Chang Sims, MD

Section IV Miscellaneous   

  1. Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments and the Turnaround Technique for Overcoming False Channel Dissection during Intacs Implantation – Saraswathy Karnati, MS; Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS; and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  2. Corneal Inlays for the Surgical Correction of Presbyopia – George O. Waring IV, MD and Fernando Faria-Correia, MD
  3. Pterygium Surgery: Raising Ocular Surface Surgery to Cosmetic Outcomes – Arun C. Gulani, MD, MS and Aaishwariya Gulani, BS
  4. Limbal Dermoids – Susan Huang, MD; Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD; and Jimmy K. Lee, MD
  5. Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia – Dhivya Ashok Kumar, MD and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  6. Collagen Cross-Linking and Contact Lens-Assisted Collagen Cross-Linking for Corneal Ectatic Disorders – Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS; Kaladevi Satish, MS; and Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, FRCOphth
  7. Platelet-Rich Plasma in Corneal Surgery – Jorge L. Alio, MD, PhD; Francisco Arnalich, PhD; Alejandra E. Rodriguez, MSc; and Alvaro Luque, BSc

… Remarkably, over the past decade, improvements in surgical techniques and patient outcomes have ‘accelerated’ on a trajectory that is nothing short of revolutionary…. Also astonishing is the rate at which many of these newer ‘partial’ procedures and techniques have become mainstream – a result of key individuals collaborating and combining their surgical innovation with their skills in communicating and teaching these advances to the mainstream. This is precisely what this new book, Mastering Corneal Surgery, brings to our profession. There is not a single surgeon who will not be challenged by the concepts and techniques meticulously reviewed in this compilation. The spectrum of the latest techniques offered is impressive, including all forms of keratoplasty to complex keratoprosthesis to procedures combining the most advanced techniques in intraocular lens fixation. Mastering Corneal Surgery also brings the latest and very best videos to further enhance understanding and shorten the learning curve around acquiring new surgical techniques…. – Alan N. Carlson, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief, Corneal and Refractive Surgery, Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC

Mastering Corneal Surgery will be helpful to corneal surgeons around the world in improving their surgical dexterity. Extensive high-quality videos – 28 of them – combined with the written text, clinical photographs and pictures, furthers the learning process, creating a superior learning package. The general ophthalmologist and cornea specialist will welcome the novel surgical methods and their differences from the existing techniques highlighted in this cutting-edge resource.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Orthopaedics / Reference

Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Mark D. Miller MD, A. Bobby Chhabra MD, Joseph S Park, Francis H. Shen MD and David B. Weiss, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Completely revised to feature a new, more modern design, Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches, 2nd edition presents the latest imaging modalities and techniques used in orthopaedics today. This medical reference book captures the changes in this rapidly evolving field, equipping clinicians with an expert, illustrative guide to the full array of common and contemporary surgical approaches, as well as the relevant regional anatomy.

Author/editors of Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches are Mark D. Miller, MD, S. Ward Casscells Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Head, Division of Sports Medicine; A. Bobby Chhabra, MD, Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Head, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery; James A. Browne, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Adult Reconstruction; Joseph S. Park, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Head, Division of Foot and Ankle; Francis H. Shen, MD, Warren G. Stamp Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Head, Division of Spinal Surgery, Co-Director, Spine Center; David B. Weiss, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Head, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma. All are at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville. The book has 14 contributors.

With Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches clinicians are able to:

  • Access an up-to-date anatomic review of surgical approaches, including new advances in arthroscopy, mini-open, robotic, and computer-assisted techniques.
  • Reference key information with an organization based on anatomical region (including a review of regional anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy, landmarks and hazards) followed by procedure.
  • Visualize the full range of contemporary surgical approaches used in orthopaedics with over 1,000 original, full-color drawings and color photographs.
  • Gain insight into optimal patient positioning, see clear previews of anatomic landmarks and incisions, realize potential dangers of superficial and deep dissection, and learn techniques of closure.
  • Take advantage of the newest techniques and procedures with arthroscopic and minimally invasive approaches incorporated into each body region.
  • Utilize illustrations and information on surgical interventions and radiological landmarks as an introduction to each body region's relevant approaches.
  • Understand the hazards, particularly with regard to avoiding nerve damage, associated with each surgical approach.
  • View the complete contents and video clips online at Expert Consult.

What's new with the second edition of Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches? The surgical interval images for the forearm section of the first edition were so excellent that the authors added them for each chapter in the second. They added a comprehensive section on ankle arthroscopy. Additionally, they incorporated detailed illustrations of cross sectional anatomy wherever relevant and to further aid orthopaedic surgeons. They provided common radiographs depicting important radiological landmarks. Each section has been revised to include newer, often-utilized surgical approaches, such as the transoral approach to the cervical spine, pelvic approaches, and anterior approaches to the hip, which are far clearer and more useful in their updated form.

Chapters in Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches and their authors include:

  1. Approach to the Surgical Patient – Mark D. Miller, A. Bobby Chhabra, Francis H. Shen, Stephen Thompson, James A. Browne, David B. Weiss, and Joseph S. Park
  2. Shoulder and Arm – Stephen Thompson, Luke Choi, Stephen Brockmeier, and Mark D. Miller

·        REGIONAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL INTERVALS [Regional Anatomy, Cross-sectional Anatomy, Surgical Intervals, Landmarks, Radiologic Landmarks, Hazards]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE SHOULDER AND ARM [Anterior (Deltopectoral) Approach to the Shoulder, Posterior Approach to the Shoulder, Superolateral Approach to the Shoulder, Lateral (Deltoid-Splitting [Mini Open]) Approach to the Shoulder, Approach to the Acromioclavicular Joint, Superior Approach to the Supraspinatus Fossa, Approach to the Clavicle, Anterior Approach to the Humerus, Posterior Approach to the Humerus, Shoulder Arthroscopy]

  1. Elbow and Forearm – A. Bobby Chhabra and Aaron M. Freilich

·        REGIONAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL INTERVALS [Regional Anatomy, Surgical Intervals, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Palpable Anatomic Landmarks for Surgical Incisions and Approaches Hazards]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE ELBOW [Anterior Approach to the Elbow (Antecubital Fossa), Medial Approach to the Elbow and Humerus, Kocher Approach (Lateral Elbow), Bryan-Morrey (Triceps-Sparing) Approach, Triceps-Splitting Approach, Olecranon Osteotomy, Elbow Arthroscopy]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE FOREARM [Henry Approach (the Volar Approach to the Forearm), Thompson Approach (the Dorsal Approach to the Forearm), Approach to the Ulnar Shaft, Forearm Compartment Release]

  1. Wrist and Hand – A. Bobby Chhabra and Aaron M. Freilich

·        REGIONAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL INTERVALS [Regional Anatomy, Hazards, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Palpable Anatomic Landmarks of the Hand and Wrist]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE WRIST [Dorsal Approach to the Forearm, Wrist, and Carpus, Volar (Henry) Approach to the Wrist, Exposure of the Median Nerve in the Palm and Distal Aspect of the Forearm Approach to the Ulnar Nerve and Artery in the Distal Forearm and Palm, Approach to Apply an External Fixator for the Wrist, Wrist Arthroscopy]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE HAND [Dorsal Approach to Metacarpals, Dorsal Approach to the Fingers, Volar Approach to the Finger, Midlateral Approach to the Fingers, Approach for Finger Infections, Approach for Compartment Release in the Hand]

  1. Spine – Francis H. Shen

·        REGIONAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL INTERVALS [Regional Anatomy, Surgical Intervals, Vascularity, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Landmarks]

·        APPROACHES TO THE SPINE [Anterior Approach to the Cervical Spine, Transoral Approach, Anterior Transthoracic Approach to the Thoracic Spine, Anterior Thoracoabdominal Approach to the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine, Anterior Retroperitoneal Approach to the Lumbar Spine, Anterior Transperitoneal Approach to the Lumbosacral Spine, Posterior Approach to the Occipitocervical Junction (O-C2), Posterior Approach to the Subaxial Cervical Spine and Cervicothoracic Junction, Posterior Midline Approach to the Thoracic Spine, Posterior Extracavitary/ Costotransversectomy/ Posterolateral Approach to the Thoracic Spine, Posterior Midline Approach to the Lumbar Spine, Posterior Muscle Splitting Approach to the Lumbar Spine, Anterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft, Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft]

  1. Hip and Pelvis – David B. Weiss, Seth R. Yarboro, and James A. Browne

·        REGIONAL ANATOMY AND SURGICAL INTERVALS [Regional Anatomy, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Hazards, Landmarks]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE PELVIS [Posterior Approach to the Sacroiliac Joint, Anterior Approach to the Pubic Symphysis, Ilioinguinal Approach to the Pelvis, Posterior Approach to the Acetabulum (Kocher-Langenbeck)]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE HIP [Overview of the Five Basic Approaches to the Hip, Anterior (Smith-Petersen) Approach to the Hip, Posterior Approach to the Hip, Medial Approach to the Hip, Lateral Approach to the Hip, Anterolateral Approach to the Hip, Trochanteric Approaches to the Hip, Hip Arthroscopy]

  1. Knee and Lower Leg – Robert F LaPrade and Nicholas I. Kennedy

·        Regional Anatomy, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Superficial Landmarks, Radiologic Landmarks, Hazards

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES [Anterior Approaches to the Knee, Inferomedial Approach for Hamstring Harvest, Medial Approach to the Knee, Lateral Approach to the Knee, Posterior Approach to the Knee, Lateral Approach to the Proximal Tibia, Medial Approach to the Proximal Tibia, Lateral Approach to the Leg, Medial Approach to the Leg, Knee Arthroscopy]

  1. FOOT AND ANKLE – Joseph S. Park and Uenkat Perumal

·        FOOT AND ANKLE [General Guidelines, Regional Anatomy, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Common Hazards, Surface Landmarks]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE ANKLE [Anterior Approach to the Ankle, Anteromedial Approach to the Ankle, Anterolateral Approach to the Ankle, Direct Posterior Approach to the Achilles Tendon, Posteromedial Approach to the Ankle, Posterolateral Approach to the Ankle, Transfibular Approach to the Ankle Joint, Approach to the Medial Malleolus, Medial Malleolar Osteotomy Approach to the Medial Talar Dome, Approach to the Lateral Malleolus, Oblique Lateral Incision-Utility Approach to the Lateral Ankle]

·        SURGICAL APPROACHES TO THE HIND FOOT [Subtalar Joint Approach – Lateral Approach, Dorsal Approach to the Talus, Medial Approach for Hind Foot, Extensile Lateral Exposure for Calcaneal Fracture Fixation]

·        APPROACHES TO THE MID FOOT/METATARSALS [Extensile Dorsomedial Exposure to the Mid Foot, Dorsal Approach to the First Proximal Metatarsal, Dorsolateral Approach to the Mid Foot, Plantar Plating of the Medial Column, Approach to the Tarsal Tunnel/Posterior Tibial Tendon]

·        APPROACHES TO THE FOREFOOT [Dorsal Approach to the First MTP Joint, Medial Approach to the First MTP Joint and Medial Sesamoid Excision, Plantar Approach for the Lateral (Fibular) Sesamoid/Plantar Plate, Dorsal Approach for the Lesser MTP Joints, Lateral Approach for the Fifth MTP Joint and the Fifth Metatarsal Approach to the Dorsal Web Space, Plantar Approach for Recurrent Interdigital Neuroma, Dorsal Approach to the MTP Joints of the Second through Fifth Toes with Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Exposure]

·        ARTHROSCOPIC APPROACHES TO THE FOOT AND ANKLE [Anterior Ankle Arthroscopy, Posterior Ankle Arthroscopy, Subtalar Arthroscopy]

No matter what readers’ level of training, Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches promises to be their go-to manual for acquiring new skills in the OR. This edition is so much better that the readers’ choice is obvious; this 2nd edition will become the landmark text for orthopaedic surgical approaches.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Health Education & Training / Critical Care

Point of Care Ultrasound: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Nilam J Soni MD, Robert Arntfield MD and Pierre Kory MPA MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Point-of-care ultrasound has been rapidly integrated into clinical practice in recent years, and its role in medicine will continue to expand in coming decades. Point-of-care ultrasound has been shown to make procedures safer, expedite diagnoses, and raise confidence in clinical decision making. In addition to these clinical benefits, point-of-care ultrasound is one of few technologies that brings providers closer to patients, putting them right at the bedside, raising the satisfaction of providers and patients alike.

Point of Care Ultrasound is a portable handbook offering an easy-access format that combines electronic content and peer-reviewed videos to provide comprehensive, non-specialty-specific guidance on this ever-evolving technology.

Author/editors are Nilam J. Soni, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Robert Arntfield, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine and Division of Critical Care Medicine, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario; and Pierre Kory, MPA, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Fellowship Program Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. The book has 60 contributors.

With Point of Care Ultrasound clinicians are able to:

  • Access all the facts with focused chapters covering a diverse range of topics, as well as case-based examples that include ultrasound scans and videos.
  • Understand the pearls and pitfalls of point-of-care ultrasound through contributions from experts at more than 30 institutions.
  • View techniques clearly with illustrations and photos including transducer position, cross-sectional anatomy, ultrasound cross sections, and ultrasound images.
  • Watch more than 200 ultrasound videos from real-life patients that demonstrate key findings.
  • Maximize learning by using the videos, complemented by anatomical illustrations and text description available at Expert Consult.

The chapters in Point of Care Ultrasound are based on the best available evidence supplemented by expert opinion. Chapters and their authors include:

SECTION 1 Fundamental Principles of Ultrasound

  1. Evolution of Point-of-Care Ultrasound – Nilam J. Soni, Robert Arntfield and Pierre Kory
  2. Ultrasound Physics – Michael Mayette and Paul K. Mohabir
  3. Transducers – Alan T. Chiem
  4. Orientation – Christopher Walker and Paul K. Mohabir
  5. Basic Operation of an Ultrasound Machine – Michel Boivin
  6. Imaging Artifacts – Ben Goodgame, Orlando Debesa, Alycia Lee and Nitin Puri

SECTION 2 Lungs and Pleura

  1. Overview – Ken Lyn-Kew and Pierre Kory
  2. Lung and Pleural Ultrasound Technique – Daniel Fein, Ryu P.H. Toffs and Pierre Kory
  3. Lung Ultrasound Interpretation – Peter M.J. Lee, Ryu P.H. Toffs and Pierre Kory
  4. Pleural Ultrasound Interpretation – J. Terrill Huggins and Peter Doelken
  5. Lung and Pleural Procedures – J. Terrill Huggins and Peter Doelken


  1. Overview – Kirk T. Spencer
  2. Cardiac Ultrasound Technique – Scott Millington
  3. Left Ventricular Function – Robert Arntfield, Nilam J. Soni and Pierre Kory
  4. Right Ventricular Function – Samuel Acquah and Robert Arntfield
  5. Valves – Colin Gebhardt, Ahmed F. Hegazy and Robert Arntfield
  6. Pericardial Effusion – Carolina Candotti and Robert Arntfield
  7. Inferior Vena Cava – Stefan Tchernodrinski and Robert Arntfield

SECTION 4 Abdomen and Pelvis

  1. Gallbladder – Daniel R. Peterson
  2. Kidneys – Behzad Hassani
  3. Bladder – Behzad Hassani
  4. Abdominal Aorta – Christopher R. Tainter
  5. Peritoneal Free Fluid – Craig Sisson
  6. First-Trimester Pregnancy – Pedro Campos and Ralph C. Wang
  7. Testicular Ultrasound – Daniel Lakoff

SECTION 5 Vascular System

  1. Lower Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis – Ariel L. Shiloh
  2. Upper Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis – Adolfo Kaplan and Ryu P.H. Tofts
  3. Central Venous AccessRicardo Franco and Nilam J. Soni
  4. Peripheral Venous Access – Michael Silverberg
  5. Arterial Access – Anita Cave

SECTION 6 Head and Neck

  1. Ocular Ultrasound – Gregg L. Chesney and Paul K. Mohabir
  2. Thyroid Gland – Sara Ahmadi and Stephanie Fish
  3. Lymph Nodes – Ricardo Franco

SECTION 7 Nervous System

  1. Peripheral Nerve Blocks – Arun Nagdev, Shankar Levine and Daniel Mantuani
  2. Lumbar Puncture – Diane Sliwka and Catherine Y. Lau and Nilam J. Soni

SECTION 8 Soft Tissues and Joints

  1. Skin and Soft Tissues – Michael Y. Woo
  2. Joints – Chan Kim and Patrick T. Hook and Eugene Kissin

SECTION 9 Clinical Scenarios and Protocols

  1. Dyspnea and Acute Respiratory Failure – Christopher Dayton and Lewis A. Eisen
  2. Abdominal Pain – Patricia C. Henwood and Michael Stone
  3. Hypotension and Shock – Viera Lakticova and Mangala Narasimhan
  4. Trauma – W. Robert Leeper
  5. Cardiac Arrest – Phillip Andrus

SECTION 10 Ultrasound Program Management

  1. Competence, Credentialing, and Certification – Paru Patrawalla
  2. Equipment, Image Archiving, and Billing – Shideh Shafie and Eitan Dickman

With portable, hand-carried ultrasound devices being more frequently implemented in medicine today, the comprehensive Point of Care Ultrasound will be a welcome resource for physicians and health care practitioners looking to further their knowledge and skills in point-of-care ultrasound. Covered in detail are specific point-of-care ultrasound applications that are most generalizable to healthcare providers from a broad spectrum of specialties and practice settings.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Reproductive Medicine

A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos edited by Markus Montag (CRC Press)

Among the many recent advances in assisted reproduction therapies (ART), improved technologies for identifying viable oocytes, sperm, and embryos are of primary importance. Paradoxically, the latest advances presented at conferences and symposia are often slow to become part of the daily routine in IVF laboratories. Detailing established and developing techniques, A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos provides a user-friendly text of ready-to-use ARTs that can be utilized effectively in the lab.

In A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos, renowned embryologist and educator Markus Montag and his expert panel highlight sophisticated and proven selection strategies and emphasize the importance of proper lab practice in handling gametes and embryos. Montag, PhD, works at the iLabCoMM GMBH, International Reprolab Consulting, St. Augustin, Germany. The book has 46 contributors.

Topics include:

  • Steps undertaken for the analysis of a semen sample.
  • Quality control and prevention of exposure to toxins in oocyte collection and embryo culture.
  • Morphological selection of gametes and embryos.
  • Both commonly used and innovative techniques for gamete and embryo selection, such as oxygen respiration and time-lapse imaging.
  • Invasive techniques, including polar body, embryo, and blastocyst biopsies as well as aneuploidy testing by FISH and array-CGH.

The chapters in A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos and their authors include:

  1. Handling Gametes and Embryos: Sperm Collection and Preparation Techniques – Verena Nordhoff, Con Mallidis, and Sabine Kliesch
  2. Handling Gametes and Embryos: Oocyte Collection and Embryo Culture – Lars Johansson
  3. Handling Gametes and Embryos: Quality Control for Culture Conditions – Jason E. Swain
  4. Morphological Selection of Gametes and Embryos: Sperm – Pierre Vanderzwalmen, Magnus Bach, Olivier Gaspard, Bernard Lejeune, Anton Neyer, Francoise Puissant, Maximilian Schuff, Astrid Stecher, Sabine Vanderzwalmen, Barbara Wirleitner, and Nicolas H. Zech
  5. Morphological Selection of Gametes and Embryos: Oocyte – Barak Balaban and Thomas Ebner
  6. Morphological Selection of Gametes and Embryos: 2PN/Zygote – Martin Greuner and Markus Montag
  7. Morphological Selection of Gametes and Embryos: Embryo – Gayle Jones and M. Cristina Magli
  8. Morphological Selection of Gametes and Embryos: Blastocyst – Thomas Ebner
  9. Noninvasive Techniques: Gamete Selection – Sperm – Victoria Sanchez, Joachim Wistuba, and Con Mallidis
  10. Noninvasive Techniques: Gamete Selection – Oocyte – Laura Rienzi, Benedetta Iussig, and Filippo Maria Ubaldi
  11. Noninvasive Techniques: Embryo Selection by Oxygen Respiration – Alberto Tejera, Belen Aparicio, Carmela Albert, Arancha Delgado, and Marcos Meseguer
  12. Noninvasive Techniques: Embryo Selection by Time-Lapse Imaging – Alison Campbell
  13. Noninvasive Techniques: Embryo Selection by Transcriptomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics – Asli Uyar and Emre Seli
  14. Invasive Techniques: Polar Body Biopsy – Markus Montag, Jana Liebenthron, and Maria Koster
  15. Invasive Techniques: Embryo Biopsy at the Cleavage Stage – Anick De Vos
  16. Invasive Techniques: Blastocyst Biopsy – Steve McArthur
  17. Invasive Techniques: Aneuploidy Testing by FISH – Semra Kahraman and Cagra Beyazyurek
  18. Invasive Techniques: Aneuploidy Testing by Array-CGH – Alan R. Thornhill, Christian Ottolini, Gary Harton, and Darren Griffin
  19. Summary: Comprehensive Summary of Main Points by Topic – Markus Montag

Montag says that, from the perspective of the laboratory, there was a need for an overview of ready-to-use assisted reproduction technologies, with practical guidance from those who have knowledge and expertise in the relevant field. The resultant textbook, A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos, has compiled such practical tips, accompanied by numerous figures and descriptions of methods. This book differentiates between noninvasive and invasive techniques; however, even the most sophisticated selection strategies may fail if they are not based on a sound start. It happens frequently – that is, by looking at the most ideal endpoint, we simply overlook the way to reach that endpoint. Practically speaking, the starting point involves good practice in the laboratory setting in handling gametes and embryos with special focus on quality measures. This starting point is an absolute prerequisite to be able to apply selection strategies that make sense.

Accompanied by numerous figures and descriptions, this guide to selecting gametes and embryos brings the insight of international authors with knowledge and expertise, highlighting practical tips and key points. A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos offers a starting point for applying successful selection strategies for reducing the rate of high-risk multiple gestations while maintaining or increasing viable pregnancy rates.

Psychology & Counseling / Self-Help / Guides

Idiot's Guides: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Dr. Jayme Albin and Eileen Bailey (Alpha Books)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions and negative behaviors through goal setting and various coping techniques, such as meditation, visualization, relaxation, and mindfulness. Idiot's Guides: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps readers learn how to recognize negative thought patterns or obsessive behaviors, and then teaches how to employ various simple, yet effective, techniques to overcome those obsessive and destructive behaviors.

Readers learn to change their behavior and improve their outcomes by adjusting their thinking. Authors are Dr. Jayme Albin, a specialist in cognitive behavior therapy, biofeedback/yoga therapy, and other strategies and Eileen Bailey, a freelance writer specializing in ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities, and parenting topics.

People have the ability to change their thinking and control their actions from the inside out. Whether they have an anxiety disorder or OCD, they struggle with diet or substance abuse, or they are just unhappy with the results they are getting in life, cognitive behavioral therapy can teach them how to think and act more constructively.

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, readers get:

  • Tools to help identify and address self-defeating patterns.
  • Techniques for coping with anger issues, depression, and anxiety.
  • Tips on using meditation, visualization, and relaxation.
  • Expert advice on dealing with stress and setbacks – and staying focused on goals.
  • Exercises for developing a realistic but positive attitude.

CBT is different from traditional ‘talk’ therapy. It is based on delving into readers’ current thought processes rather than their past experiences. It requires active participation in the process of getting better. Readers complete homework assignments to practice skills and techniques. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of issues, including depression and anxiety. The methods described in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help readers look at their thoughts, not just as thoughts, but also as precursors to their emotions and behaviors. Once they understand their thought processes, they have the choice to change.

Readers don't have to be ‘mentally ill’ or have a disorder to benefit from CBT. The strategies used in CBT improve their lives in many ways, helping them increase their self-esteem, and improve their relationships. They learn how to change their inner dialogue and get rid of outdated, negative views of themselves. They let go of perfectionist ideals and deal with the uncertainty of life. CBT teaches them how to be assertive and manage the inevitable stress in their lives.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides self-help exercises to get readers on the road to feeling better. If they choose to work with a therapist, the book is still helpful when used as a workbook. However, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is designed as a self-help book. It gives explanations of CBT concepts and provides exercises to help readers put those concepts into action. Albin and Bailey keep the focus of this book free of too much CBT terminology.

Part 1, Understanding CBT, covers the basics of CBT. It explains the theory behind CBT and the basic concepts readers need to know to interpret their thoughts and feelings. It discusses the most common problematic thinking patterns and teaches readers how to identify their thinking processes. Albin and Bailey help readers set goals for getting better.

Part 2, CBT Techniques, covers the basic skills readers will use throughout Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Readers learn how to use the images in their minds to change thoughts by changing the pictures. Albin and Bailey teach readers different relaxation and meditation techniques to incorporate in their exercises. Readers learn how to talk to themselves in a positive way. Readers learn techniques for testing the strong beliefs they hold about themselves.

Part 3, CBT for Personal Growth, provides information and exercises for using CBT in everyday life. The book provides exercises to build self-acceptance and improve their self-images. It discusses how perfectionism often leads to disappointment in life and gives readers specific ways they can create a more balanced view of themselves and their behavior. Readers learn how to stand up for themselves and deal with the daily stress of life.

Part 4, CBT for Specific Conditions and Situations, focuses on problems that often interfere with readers’ ability to enjoy their lives. Readers complete thought analysis to identify patterns leading to depression and change their thoughts to feel better. Readers learn a step-by-step approach to facing their fears and calming their worries. Readers learn techniques to tame their tempers. Albin and Bailey provide ways to say no to addiction and deal with cravings. They also discuss obsessive-compulsive disorder and teach readers how to see thoughts as simply thoughts, not premonitions of danger. They help readers change how they feel about their bodies, giving them exercises to improve their body images.

Part 5, Moving Forward, discusses strategies for making CBT work, even after they completed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It examines common reasons CBT doesn't work and provides suggestions for overcoming them. Albin and Bailey guide readers in setting up a self-therapy session to maintain their new skills. Finally, they discuss finding and working with a therapist and what to expect during a typical CBT therapy session.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a helpful guide providing valuable advice on developing coping skills and techniques, expert guidance from a trained CBT therapist, and tips for recognizing and changing destructive behaviors.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson and Soong-Chan Rah (Zondervan)

Evangelical Christianity in America has a bad reputation – a public image marked by hurtful attitudes toward homosexuals, women, minorities, followers of other religions, and others outside the fold. Though this image is sometimes unfair, the authors say they must admit: Too often, this reputation is deserved.

Authors of Forgive Us include Mae Elise Cannon, senior director of Middle East advocacy and outreach for World Vision USA; Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilization for Sojourners and co-founder and former executive director of New York Faith & Justice in New York City; Troy Jackson, pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati; and Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church.

Forgive Us is a call to confession. From Psalm 51 to the teachings of Jesus to the prayers of Nehemiah, confession is the proper biblical response when God’s people have injured others and turned their backs on God’s ways. In the book of Nehemiah, the author confesses not only his own sins, but also the sins of his ancestors. The authors say that the history of the American church demands a Nehemiah-style confession both for one’s own deeds and the deeds of those who came before.

In each chapter of Forgive Us two pastors who are also academically trained historians provide accurate and compelling histories of some of the American church’s greatest shortcomings. Theologian Rah and justice leader Harper then share theological reflections along with appropriate words of confession and repentance. The four Christian leaders confess the church's public failings and call on fellow believers to reengage the surrounding culture in a new and transformative way.

Repentance and forgiveness are never finished, but they often are avoided or denied. Therein lies the tragic mistake of the church, the error that Forgive Us seeks to redress. No one comes to repentance and confession easily. It requires two things few people like: taking responsibility and embracing a kind of death. This is not the good news evangelicals like living or proclaiming. If they are to mirror the new life that is the resurrection, dying precedes rising. Repentance and forgiveness precede reconciliation.

Chapter by chapter, this team of authors walks Protestants, and particularly evangelicals, into some of their worst history. They are led through painful events and patterns, through the echoing rhetoric of self-serving, self-justifying theology used to rationalize bad, even abusive, practice.

The pain in Forgive Us that matters most, however, is not Evangelicals’ consciences, but the legacy of wounds inflicted and intensified by their evangelical faith. Clearly, some of the worst sins have seriously hurt people. The true suffering this book underlines is that of a world of men and women that have been subjected to unjust and demeaning treatment, perpetrated and justified by some spurious attitudes and convictions held by much of the church.

For some, Forgive Us may seem like wallowing or self-flagellation. To go back and rehearse history, as painful as it may be, gives people the chance to face the actions and words of some that caused profound destruction in the lives of others. Then they enter a different space in which to live and love, serve and grow. Honest confession always allows new possibilities and responses to enter the scene. Out of such remembrance can come true repentance, and out of such repentance the possibility of God's merciful reconciliation and healing.

This book offers the church the chance to do that deep and cleansing work of repentance, not just to say we're sorry, but to truly turn from our sinful ways in true humility. The thought that God can use a repentant people in the great enterprise of repairing and redeeming the world… this should humble us. We all need this book. This is the way and we should all walk in it. – Dr. John M. Perkins, Founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins, Foundation, Cofounder, Christian Community, Development Association

There is now a great deal of talk about ‘the crisis in the church.’ Most of that talk is frivolous and too easy, propelled by manufactured solutions, business models, or cheap grace. Not here! These writers walk honestly into the failures of the church that has too long, too often, colluded with convenient exclusionary practices. This book is a recognition that serious forgiveness by God follows serious repentance. This is well-informed, highly disciplined theology applied to the lived realities of the church. – Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

The progress from "now we see ourselves in a mirror dimly, but then face to face" does not always bring great joy. This book showed me more of myself, of my group, of my heart than I wanted to see clearly. Yet in facing and confessing the ways I have participated in other's degradation elevates us both. To ask forgiveness is to not to give up a sense of right and wrong; it is to give up a sense of arrogance and scapegoat theology. This book helps me love my neighbor better and accept God's judgment of us all. – Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland – A Church Distributed

It's a daunting task, to seek to bring Christians to repentance. With great grace, the authors of Forgive Us reveal ways we in the US church treat as less-than-fully-human people made in the image of God. Read with an open, humble heart. And be blessed to find that lament and confession lead to healing, reconciliation, life. – Deborah Brunt,, author of We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church

In this book a very promising evangelical future is embodied: hum­ble, honest, repentant, post WASP, post-patriarchal. Evangelical sins are skewered; American (and Christian) history is recounted in terrifyingly unsentimental terms. The contrast between this kind of evangelicalism and that of the reactionary right is staggering. A must-read book. – Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics Director, Center for Theology and Public Life Mercer University

Two women and two men, two people of color and two whites – all four US Christians – issue a powerful call for lament, forgiveness, repentance, and action for sins of injustice committed throughout the history of the United States. Surprisingly, their confession of sin is directed toward, and on behalf of, the church in the United States. They believe the integrity, and even the survival, of the US church is at stake. Forgive Us is a must-read for Christians in the United States. – Curtiss Paul DeYoung, author, professor, pastor, and activist, focused on issues of reconciliation and social justice, currently serving at the Community Renewal Society in Chicago

Forgive Us is courageous, honest, painful, and absolutely essential. Courageous because the authors know there will be pushback from some parts of the Body; honest and painful because it tells hardball truths about the sins of the church; and absolutely essential because it calls the church to do what must be done in the face of great sin: lament, confess, and repent. Perhaps on the other side, forgiveness awaits us, as well as another opportunity to tell good news – the good news of Jesus. – Al Tizon, Ronald J. Sider Associate, Professor of Holistic Ministry, Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University

Passionate and purposeful, Forgive Us challenges evangelical readers and issues a heart-felt request to the surrounding culture for forgiveness and a new beginning.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History & Culture in Regional Perspective edited by Donald M. Lewis and Richard V. Pierard (IVP Academic)

Evangelicalism is not merely a North American religiously charged ideology that dominates the popular mind. Over the last century, evangelicalism has taken on global proportions. It has spread from its northern heartlands and formed burgeoning new centers of vibrant life in the global South, becoming an important religious movement in the world. This tectonic shift has been closely watched by some scholars of religion, though it is merely a ghost in international news stories. Now, in Global Evangelicalism a gathering of front-rank historians of evangelicalism offer conceptual and regional overviews of evangelicalism, as well as probings of its transdenominationalism and views of gender.

Editors are Donald Lewis, professor of church history at Regents College, Vancouver and Richard Pierard, formerly professor of history at Indiana State University and then the Stephen Phillips Professor of History at Gordon College and a leader of the Faith and History Association. Global Evangelicalism contains essays by Ogbu Kalu, Mark A. Noll, Rene Padilla, Scott Sunquist and Sarah Williams among others.

In the second half of the twentieth century, proponents of the ‘secularization thesis’ asserted that religion was a historical phenomenon associated with premodern societies and that its demise was inevitable in the modern world. It is now widely recognized that these theorists were wrong.

Much scholarly attention is now given to the development of Islamic identities, but there is relatively little understanding of how various forms of evangelical Christianity have emerged as the mainstream Christian expression in many parts of the world, and in particular, in the non-Western world. Evangelicalism and its history have been effectively marginalized in the academy in spite of the fact that a case can be made that alongside popular Islam, evangelical Christianity is the most dynamic and expanding religious expression in the world today. Unfortunately, scholars who work in the field have not been very effective in communicating their findings or in persuading scholars that the global expressions of evangelicalism are important or interesting.

The nature of evangelicalism as a popular movement makes it particularly difficult to track and categorize, and this has contributed to its marginalization in the academy. Like popular Islam, its strength comes from the very diverse grassroots base on which it rests – a base made up of individuals, small groups, small and large churches, all spread across a bewildering variety of distinctly evangelical Protestant denominations – while many evangelicals are to be found within ‘mainline’ denominations that are not self-consciously evangelical.

Another difficulty related to the term evangelicalism is that in the North American setting the term is often associated with a specific political agenda and closely aligned with laissez-faire capitalism, while in other areas of the world these associations would not be made. Thus it is often the case that many North American evangelicals hesitate to use the descriptor of themselves, lest they be linked in the broader culture with aspects of what some have come to associate with the term evangelicalism.

A third problem related to the marginalization of evangelicalism is its lack of visibility as a global religious entity. Unlike Roman Catholicism, evangelicalism has no visible focal point of unity. It has no Vatican, no pope claiming to be the visible representative of Christ on earth, no crowds of international media waiting for the election of a new leader, no global pronouncements emanating from a central headquarters. In the past several decades, the nearest thing to a visible global expression of evangelicalism has been the Lausanne Movement, which under the leadership of the World Evangelical Alliance has brought together evangelicals in three global conferences. And yet, although evangelicalism has no geographical center as such, it has succeeded in indigenizing popular forms of Christianity in widely diverse areas of the world where a Rome-centered Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy have long been unable to set down roots (one thinks of both Korea and China in this regard).

Such marginalization of evangelicalism in the academy and the media is therefore understandable and yet regrettable because it means that this powerful international movement is not well understood by outsiders or – for that matter – by insiders. Many evangelicals themselves have little understanding of their own historical roots and little appreciation of the move­ment's diversity across many cultures and nations. Global Evangelicalism addresses these concerns, tracing the movement's roots from the North Atlantic world of the eighteenth century, its spread outward from the West in the nineteenth century, and its development as an indigenous movement in cultures across the globe in the twentieth century. It has been written by a group of scholars broadly sympathetic to the movement and who are recognized experts in the study of evangelicalism, in order to help evangelicals understand their roots and the diversity of the movement and to enable those outside the movement to come to understand some of its internal dynamics.

Global Evangelicalism traces the recent history of evangelical churches and evangelical movements while providing a general introduction to the beliefs, practices and characteristic emphases of evangelical Christi­anity. It also offers a worldwide survey of where evangelical movements have come to exist and of the greatly varying conditions under which evangelicals now carry on their work.

This is a textbook for people who wish to approach the study of global evangelicalism. Global Evangelicalism is broken up into three major sections. The first section provides historical and theological background and offers a discussion of the vexed question of evangelicalism's relationship to the process termed globalization. The second section offers surveys of evangelicalism's history in different geographical areas of the world. The final section includes discussion of important themes in evangelical history.

… In this book, a first-rate group of leading scholars from every corner of the globe analyze contemporary evangelicalism in this new context. As an evangelical myself I found these chapters to be quite enlightening both in assessing my own tradition and understanding its continuing significance in the twenty-first century. – Michael W. Goheen, director of theological education, Missional Training Center, Phoenix

The evangelical movement consists of a growing and often influential body of Christian believers worldwide, but scholars and commentators are frequently baffled by its sheer diversity and complexity. Here, leading experts set out the basic characteristics of the movement as it has developed over time in various parts of the world, showing how it has related to secular society, other religious bodies and issues such as gender and globalization. – David Bebbington, professor of history, University of Stirling, Scotland
As a concise historical introduction, this book is without peer. It demonstrates that underlying the varied historical and cultural expressions of evangelicalism, there is a shared missional conviction: the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ is fully translatable into any language and context. It is this conviction which makes its message radically transformative and global in its reach. Anyone who wants to know why evangelical churches are flourishing regardless of where they are must read this book. – Simon Chan, Trinity Theological College, Singapore; author of Grassroots Asian Theology
Evangelical Protestant Christianity started with pietist prayer groups in Europe and the evangelical revivals in Great Britain, but now its advocates gather on every continent. By comparison, says Andrew Walls, the great Scottish church historian, global evangelicalism 'makes the Reformation look like just a little local difficulty.' This book is a fine place to start learning the story, and in the process, relearning Christian history
. – Joel Carpenter, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College

Readers will find Global Evangelicalism useful and enlightening, either as a reference book or as a starting point to more in-depth study. Global Evangelicalism’s primary intended readership is college, university and seminary students throughout the world. It is in one sense an ‘in-house’ history, but it is also fair-minded and accurate.

Social Sciences / Anthropology / Gender Studies / African Studies

Ambiguous Pleasures: Sexuality and Middle Class Self-Perceptions in Nairobi by Rachel Spronk (Berghahn Books)

Among both male and female young urban professionals in Nairobi, sexuality is a key to achieving a modern identity. These young men and women see themselves as the avant garde of a new Africa, while they also express the recurring worry of how to combine an African identity with the new lifestyles with which they are experimenting. By focusing on public debates and their preoccupations with issues of African heritage, gerontocratic power relations, and conventional morality on the one hand, and personal sexual relationships, intimacy, and self-perceptions on the other, Ambiguous Pleasures works out the complexities of sexuality and culture in the context of modernity in an African society. It moves beyond an investigation of a health or development perspective of sexuality and instead examines desire, pleasure, and eroticism, revealing new insights into the methodology and theory of the study of sexuality within the social sciences. Sexuality serves as a prism for analyzing how social developments generate new notions of self in postcolonial Kenya and is a crucial component towards understanding the way people recognize and deal with modern changes in their personal lives.

Author Rachel Spronk is Assistant Professor at the Sociology and Anthropology Department at the University of Amsterdam.

Ambiguous Pleasures examines how the seemingly most intimate details of private experience are structured by larger social relations. Sexuality is a public as well as a personal affair, involving communal concerns and individual desires and sex can be the cause of ideological debate as much as a source of pleasure. Moreover, sexuality is crucial in the development of contemporary notions of selfhood among young adults. In this study Spronk explores the meanings of public understandings and personal experiences of sexuality and their intricate interface, the ambiguity of sexual practices and relationships, as well as debates about ‘African' heritage in relation to notions of personhood. Combining existing but often separate approaches, Spronk proposes three foci for sexuality as a field of study: the personal, intersubjective and social dimensions of sex.

A small group of female and male young professionals in Nairobi, such as information and communication technology (ICT) professionals, accountants, and junior nongovernmental organization (NGO) staff, share many experiences and concerns. These young professionals represent an emerging social group that is not clearly defined, but nonetheless still recognizable. Their attitudes articulate a spirited approach to life and their lives highlight the diversity and energy of the cultural melting pot of Nairobi. These women and men see themselves as explorers of a `modern' or `sophisticated' lifestyle in Nairobi. Important aspects of their lifestyle are reflected in having a `fast life' and in the ideal of a `modern marriage' at some point in the future. Since they delay marriage because of their careers and living conditions, they tend to have temporary sexual relations. These relationships are possible because sex involving the use of contraceptives does not lead to reproduction. Sexuality as a realm of exploration, pleasure and agency is related in particular ways to their lives as young professionals. Strengthened by their independent financial position, they form a social group of women and men who implicitly and explicitly critique conventional gender roles. One consequence is that people tend to accuse them of being `westernized' and `un-African'. This accusation cuts deep, as they consider themselves to be very conscious of their cultural identity. They take pride in taking a particular trans-ethnic position in a country that is troubled by ethnic division. Hence, Ambiguous Pleasures is not representative of the Nairobian or Kenyan population as a whole; it is a case study of a group that sees itself as being in the vanguard, and which Spronk uses to work out the social complexities of sexuality in the context of modernity.

By focusing on people's sexual conduct, Spronk analyzes how sexual inti­macy becomes a matter of the self, of the sexual subject, in a symbolic interaction with another subject. Rather than asking the question `what is self?', she documents how people create or maintain a sense of self and a sense of belonging, and how this is connected to sexual experience. The experiential dimension of sex is often experienced as `natural', while it is also associated with other modes of being (as a woman, a man, a young professional, a Kenyan). In Ambiguous Pleasures, she studies sexuality as a prism through which to analyze how social developments have generated new notions of self(-perceptions), in other words, new subjectivities or new ways of being and knowing.

Young professionals react defensively to accusations of `westernization' directed against them. They equate it with imperialism. As a result, young professionals reify Africanness and see the West as significantly different; something Western is non-African and thus non-authentic. The point is that being a group of socially mobile young professionals cuts across existing patterns of ethnicity and class. As a result, many call themselves ‘African' rather than describing themselves, to a certain extent, as belonging to an ethnic group such as Kamba, Luyha or Meru. These contradicting perceptions and emotions give rise to feelings of anxiety about their cultural identity and such contradictions are typical of what some young professionals called `being modern the African way'. They desire to be, and in fact are, modern, perceiving themselves as having progressive attitudes. However, their modern aspirations sometimes conflict with common sense regarding culture, ethnicity, politics and sexuality, as Ambiguous Pleasures explores.

In Nairobi sex is both celebrated as the source of life and a source of pleasure. Sexual intercourse is seen as necessary for physical and mental health, especially for the union between women and men, for the fulfillment of their roles as gendered persons as well as members of descent groups. At the same time sex is condemned as the source of many evils, such as social disintegration, AIDS and cultural loss. Much of the way in which sexuality is discussed in public debate is related to the extent of anxiety invoked by the debates concerning (the loss of) cultural heritage. Since the advent of AIDS, public reactions have focused the discussion about AIDS on sexuality. AIDS is associated with decadent lifestyles, prostitution, the breakdown of social control and moral codes, and other social vices. These discourses, dominated by important public figures such as religious leaders, politicians and journalists, present the negligence of African morals (hence African culture) as the origin of AIDS and of the social disintegration from which Kenya is `suffering'. AIDS is generally perceived as being a disease born of wrongdoing or transgression. The cosmopolitan interest in lifestyle matters demonstrated by young professionals is at odds with these sentiments.

The focus in Ambiguous Pleasures is on the intersections between sexuality and debates concerning cultural heritage and the anxiety they provoke. These ambiguities of pleasure contribute to other worries that people have about sexuality in Kenya as elsewhere, because of social and cultural expectations as to what is considered (proper) sex. Sex is almost always imbued with some degree of uncertainty or unease. Feelings of shame, fear of losing the partner, fear of disappointing, fear about violation of trust, anxiety about failure to enjoy sex or have an orgasm, and fear of arousing suspicion: all these experiences serve to highlight the precarious and complex nature of a sexual encounter. Spronk shows that pleasurable and anxiety-evoking aspects of sex are not mutually exclusive. Certainly, the troubled aspects of sex need attention, but rather than only studying sex as something which is problematic, as has become common, this needs to be put properly into context.

Young professionals as a group embody the processes of social transformation; in other words, they are creations of postcolonial Kenya. Yet, they also choose to explore new boundaries. Their lifestyles involve a process of reflection on self-perception with regard to gender (being `woman' and `man'); issues of belonging (being ‘African'); and questions of relationships (‘casual' or `committed' relationships). Spronk show how young professionals make moral distinctions about sexual relations while incorporating and advocating changes. Spronk says her aim is not to position them as an emancipation movement but instead to explore how they `remoralize' normative gender and social organizations of sexuality. Agency, then, is not simply a synonym for resistance to relations of domination, but a capacity for action that specific relations of subordination create and enable. Such an approach is important for understanding young professionals in Nairobi, who are in constant interaction with normative discourses on femininity and masculinity, in that they both comply with and challenge common sense. Their narratives are structured by accounts of love and desire, where sex is related to notions of contemporary womanhood and manhood. In this way, sexual pleasure becomes an identity badge for an emergent generation at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Nevertheless, there is always a flipside. When probing the personal narratives, pleasure and feelings of anxiety emerge as two sides of the same coin. The resulting tension in personal lives, sometimes vocalized on a group level, centers around concerns about feelings of belonging.

Ambiguous Pleasures analyses sexuality as a prism through which to explore both how it is constituted socially (in relation to postcolonial transformation processes) and how it is experienced personally. By focusing on public debates on the one hand (preoccupied with redefining sexuality into the realm of cultural identity), and personal sexual relationships on the other, Spronk explores how sexuality has gained a new meaning in modern lifestyles and how sex has become central to self-expression. Young professionals embody postcolonial transformations, and in their ensuing lifestyles constructions of sexuality, gender and culture come to shift, engendering new modes of being oriented in the world.

Following the first chapter on the study of sexuality in Africa, Ambiguous Pleasures continues with an analysis of the processes of subjectivation characteristic of postcolonial Kenya. Chapter II addresses the effects of social change on gender and sexuality, as well as the historical background of the families of young professionals. The second half of Chapter II concentrates on young professionals as a group, although closer investigation shows that, of course, young professionals are not a homogenous group. Chapter III provides a better understanding of the volatile moral discussions of the early twenty-first century which bespoke wider concerns about the shape and direction of Kenyan society. These discussions reveal recent processes of subjectivation.

Chapters IV and V address women and men's subjective experiences via selected biographical narratives. Spronk looks in depth at the trajectories of individual women and men and at emerging trends in their sexual lives, in order to analyze how sexuality is embodied and experienced. Chapter IV focuses on women's lives by analyzing how they engage in different life paths as they get older. Chapter V focuses on men's lives and on the different choices they make in similar situations. Women and men's sense of self is linked to notions of gender in relation to perceptions of sexual desire as `natural'. She shows how perceptions of sexual pleasure become central to love and sexual relationships and, hence, how sexuality becomes central to self-expression. How people individually deal with the volatile discourses is also addressed in these chapters.

Besides sexuality, romantic love has also become central to self-expression. Young professionals' love lives and sexual lives are characterized by the important role of the media and Chapter VI takes as a point of departure how current processes of subjectivation and identification interact. The focus is on the representation of romantic love in the media in relation to imaginations of romantic love among young professionals. She shows how, in the media, issues of love, sexuality and cultural identity are engaged with and recreated in the representations of being young, urban and modern. The concluding chapter reflects on the constructionist approach to studying gender and sexuality, and upon the limits to this approach that Spronk says she came upon when translating young professionals' experiences into academic language.

Spronk’s theoretical take on this theme is seminal and challenging. She convincingly shows that a constructivist approach emphasizing the social and historical constriction of people s views on sex and sexuality is highly relevant. But she emphasizes also its limitations because her informants insistence that the natural, bodily power of sexual feelings has to be brought in as well. – Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam
Rachel Spronk has written a well composed, highly interesting and maybe even path-breaking book.... It is innovative in its focus on sexuality as bodily experience and implications for the gendered sense of self of these young men and women [and] is also innovative in terms of methodology; first and foremost by its focus on a group of young professional men and women. – Signe Arnfred, Roskilde University

Ambiguous Pleasures studies how sexuality and issues of belonging are interrelated in the lives of young professionals in Nairobi and how these young people experience these issues personally. In the process it reveals new insights into the methodology and theory of the study of sexuality in the social sciences.

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The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, 4 volumes edited by Marilyn Coleman and Lawrence Ganong (Sage Publications, Inc.)

The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the ‘ideal’ family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity.

Available in both digital and print formats, The Social History of the American Family is a carefully balanced academic work chronicling the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Editors are Marilyn Coleman, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia and Lawrence H. Ganong, Professor in both the Sinclair School of Nursing and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, also at the University of Missouri. The volumes have many contributors.

Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.

Features of the four volume encyclopedia include:

  • Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and color photos in the digital edition, provide historical context for students.
  • A collection of primary source documents demonstrate themes across time.
  • The signed articles, with cross references and Further Readings, are accompanied by a Reader’s Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index.

According to Coleman and Ganong in the introduction to The Social History of the American Family, over the past few years there have been rousing debates among social critics and cultural commentators about the status of the American family and its future. On one side of this debate are those claiming the American family is in decline. On the other side of the debate are those who argue that the transitions do not mean that American families are troubled and headed for a bleak future. Instead, they assert that families are doing relatively well and that it is a narrow and static view of family life that is in decline and not families themselves. These observers see family diversity rather than deviance, and family adaptation rather than decay. Twenty-first-century families are more diverse than families in the past because the world is more complex, and family members have had to adapt to their changing social environments. Moreover, families have always been more diverse than cultural ideologies have portrayed; the Standard North American Family (SNAF), a self-contained nuclear family consisting of a mother who takes care of the children and the home, a father who works outside the home as the major or only breadwinner, and one or more children sharing a household, has always been part of American social history, but this family form has not been the only American family form. It seems like a good time to examine the social history of the family: Where have we been? Where are we now?

At the root of the debate about the present and future status of American families is poor understanding about how families have functioned in the past. It is hard to determine whether families are declining, holding their own, or thriving without an understanding of what families and family life was like in the past. Families have changed, but how have they changed, and why? The purpose of The Social History of the American Family is to address these questions. In this encyclopedia, a diverse array of authors examine how families and family life have changed, paying attention not only to changes within families but also examining the social and historical contexts for those changes. The editors of this encyclopedia includes aspects of the social history of American families that have relevance for understanding how families and family members have been shaped over time.

American families have been affected by (a) demographic and population shifts; (b) changes in the economy, work, and leisure; (c) educational, cultural, and social movements; (d) advances in technology and science; (e) ‘great’ events such as wars; and (f) evolving societal norms. This encyclopedia tries to be exhaustively inclusive about all of these contextual factors as they relate to family functioning.

Families in turn have affected American society and its many social institutions. As a fundamental unit of society, families exert powerful influences on virtually every aspect of the culture. Coleman and Ganong comprehensively include encyclopedia entries that reflect these family impacts on society. In The Social History of the American Family, they help readers get a sense of the profound societal and familial changes that have occurred in the nearly 400 years that an American culture has existed.

According to Coleman and Ganong, families are hard to study, whether one is studying how families are in the present or how families were in the past. One reason is that nearly everyone has a personal experience in a family unit or two and nearly everyone has ideas about how other families live from personal observations or from media portrayals. Often people think that the way their families thought and felt and the ways their family members interacted with each other and with outsiders were how all families functioned. Consequently, students often see little point in studying families – what is there to learn that we don't already know?

Another challenging aspect of studying families is that virtually every dimension of family life is value laden, and people tend to hold very strong values and beliefs about families. These personal values interfere with being able to examine family life thoroughly and clearly. Scientists refer to this as a bias toward hypothesis-confirming evidence – meaning that individuals see what they expect to see more easily than they see evidence that does not confirm preexisting biases, beliefs, or hypotheses.

Family study is fascinating, partly due to the challenges families present as a scholarly phenomenon. Approached with an open and questioning mind, it is easy to be surprised by what families really do (versus what we think they do or think they should do). If individuals can set aside the notion that we know all we need to know about families, and that families are all the same (except that maybe our own family is better or worse than most), then family scholarship can be eye-opening. Are family feelings, behaviors, and interactions timeless and unchanging? Or, have some dimensions of family life changed drastically over time while others dimensions of family life remain constant? What have been the major societal influences on families? How have families changed society? What can we learn about families of the present and future by studying the families of the past? We can think of many questions about changes and continuities in American families. We think the answers can help us to understand contemporary families better and potentially to aid in addressing future family problems.

Given that The Social History of the American Family is a book about the history of American families, it is not going to ignore the historical context in which families live and work. In fact, changes and continuities in American families will be at the forefront of these encyclopedia entries. Coleman and Ganong also include articles related to what is known about other contexts that affect families – racial, ethnic, social class, geographic, and other diversities. They also take care not to present families as systems that only react to social and historical forces. Instead, entries examine the ways in which family members and families have proactively and strategically attempted to survive and thrive as they encountered such social factors as changes in the economy, wars, and shifting norms regarding men and women.

The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions. It comprehensively includes encyclopedia entries that reflect these family impacts on society. It helps readers get a sense of the profound societal and familial changes that have occurred in the nearly 400 years that an American culture has existed. In it, a diverse array of authors examine how families and family life have changed, paying attention not only to changes within families but also examining the social and historical contexts for those changes. The editors include aspects of the social history of American families that have the greatest relevance for understanding how families and family members have been shaped over time. This encyclopedia is exhaustively inclusive about all of the contextual factors as they relate to family functioning.


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Cellular and Molecular Immunology, with Student Consult Online Access, 8th edition by Abul K. Abbas MBBS, Andrew H. H. Lichtman MD PhD and Shiv Pillai MBBS PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

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Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Richard J. Johnson MD, John Feehally DM FRCP and Jürgen Floege MD (Elsevier Saunders)

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Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Nigel Raby FRCR, Laurence Berman MB BS FRCP FRCR, Simon Morley FRCR and Gerald de Lacey MA FRCR (Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body CT: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by W. Richard Webb, William E. Brant MD and Nancy M. Major MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Agua Nacida: Water Born by Hugh Arnold (Merrell Publishers)

Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation, audiobook, 1 MP3-CD, unabridged, running time: 5.5 hours by Eric Kaplan and Sean Runnette, (Tantor Media)

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Remaking “Family” Communicatively edited by Leslie A. Baxter, with Thomas J. Socha as general editor (Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging Series: Peter Lang)

Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York's West Village by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson and Katherine Thompson (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die by general editor Jenny Linford, with a preface by Michael Whiteman (Barron’s Educational Series)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with photographs and interviews by David Mushegain, with an introduction by Anthony Kiedis (Running Press)

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The Illustrated Guide to Cows: How to Choose Them – How to Keep Them by Celia Lewis (Bloomsbury)

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“Hero Strong” and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women’s Worldly Achievement in Antebellum America by Mary Gibson, edited, with an introduction by Daniel A. Cohen (The University of Tennessee Press)

Shaping Interior Space, 2nd edition by Roberto J. Rengel (Fairchild Publications, Inc.)

Work and the Older Person: Increasing Longevity and Wellbeing edited by Linda Hunt PhD OTR/L FAOTA and Caroline Wolverson DipCOT DipHT MSc (Slack Incorporated)

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The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, 4 volumes edited by Marilyn Coleman and Lawrence Ganong (Sage Publications, Inc.)