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May 2016, Issue #205

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Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 1st edition by John Carucci (Peachpit Press)

Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil (ECW Press)

Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism by Jeff Gramm (HarperBusiness)

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, 1st edition by Alberto Cairo (New Riders)

Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples by Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder & Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (Visible Ink Press)

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns (Da Capo Press)

Bad Signs: A Thriller by R. J. Ellory (The Overlook Press)

Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller by Whitley Strieber (Alien Hunter Series: Tor Books)

Building Muscle and Performance: A Program for Size, Strength & Speed by Nick Tumminello (Human Kinetics)

Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects by Jeff Wilson (Model Railroad Scenery Series: Kalmbach Publishing Company)

The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes by Seabury Blair Jr. (Sasquatch Books)

People Get Ready: The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols (Nation Books)

Occupational Therapy Interventions: Function and Occupations, 2nd edition by Catherine Meriano JD OTR/L & Donna Latella EdD OTR/L (Slack Incorporated)

Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice, 3rd edition by Richard P. Seiter (Pearson Higher Education)

Emotion, Aging, and Health edited by Anthony D. Ong and Corinna E. Löckenhoff (Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development (American Psychological Association)

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy, 4th edition by Robert Rocco Cottone & Vilia Tarvydas (Springer Publishing Company)

God Is Not a Boy's Name: Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest by Lyn G. Brakeman (Cascade Books)

Feasting in a Famine of the Word: Lutheran Preaching in the Twenty-First Century edited by Mark W. Birkholz, Jacob Corzine, & Jonathan Mumme, with a foreword by Jonathan Fisk (Pickwick Publications)

Awakening of the Watchers: The Secret Mission of the Rebel Angels in the Forbidden Quadrant by Timothy Wyllie (Bear & Co.)

Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans by James S. Welsh (Prometheus Books)

Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena by Steve Pantaleo (DK, W Books)



Arts & Photography

Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 1st edition by John Carucci (Peachpit Press)

In the newest entry in the popular From Snapshots to Great Shots series, Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time, photographer John Carucci shares techniques for creative time-related photography techniques, including long-exposure, time-lapse, and high-speed photography.

Carucci works as an entertainment new producer for Associated Press Television where he conducts studio interviews, covers field assignments and does script writing and editing.

Carucci in Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time starts by reviewing equipment needs, including filters, image stabilizers (tripods, monopods, beanbags, etc.), and software. Next, he explains the basics of long-exposure photography, demonstrating how to effectively capture time in nighttime cityscapes, photos of the night sky, and in brighter light using neutral density filters. Along the way, readers learn the fundamentals of blurring, shooting in RAW, and balancing flash and ambient light.

He then walks through the essentials of time-lapse photography: how to regulate a camera's motion, determine the best duration to use, and use software to perfect the images. Carucci's time-lapse section is complemented with a complete online video tutorial on capturing effective time-lapse sequences.

Readers also find in Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time expert coverage of high-speed photography, including choosing shutter speed, stopping action with flash, and shooting sports. Carucci concludes by helping readers develop and perfect their own aesthetic, with tips on properly framing scenes, creative composition, and effective use of color and tone.

Readers learn how to

  • Control motion and depth of field and evaluate the risks and rewards of blurring in order to explore the fundamentals of long exposure photography.
  • Work with flash to control time in their photographs.
  • Create a time-lapse sequence, including how to work with an intervalometer, how to determine the best format and duration of their shots, and what do when things go wrong.
  • Achieve crisp high-speed photography.
  • Grasp all the concepts and techniques as they go, with assignments at the end of every chapter.

Carucci says that breaking free of the boring shutter speeds of snapshot photography liberates the creative soul. Instead of grabbing a quick moment, readers capture something more impressive when they play with time. This includes the ultra long durations that collect a bunch of time in the same long exposure; a group of images shot in succession that imitate a quickly played movie; and the really fast moments that freeze action in the blink of an eye.

Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time features beautiful full-color images, clear design, and Carucci's friendly, knowledgeable voice. It is a pleasure to learn from – and if readers have ever wanted to master any of these techniques, it's the guide they have been waiting for.

Biographies & Memoirs / Science / Climate Change / Travel

Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil (ECW Press)

What do we stand to lose in a world without ice?
A decade ago, novelist and short story writer Jean McNeil spent a year as writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, and four months on the world’s most enigmatic continent – Antarctica. Access to the Antarctic remains largely reserved for scientists, and it is the only piece of earth that is nobody’s country. Ice Diaries is the story of McNeil’s years spent in ice, not only in the Antarctic but her subsequent travels to Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard, culminating in a strange event in Cape Town, South Africa, where she journeyed to make what was to be her final trip to the southernmost continent.
McNeil, the award-winning author of ten books including four novels and a collection of short fiction, is the co-director of the Masters in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia. In the spirit of the diaries of Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, McNeil in Ice Diaries mixes travelogue, popular science, and memoir to examine the history of our fascination with ice. In entering this world, McNeil unexpectedly finds herself confronting the lifelong effects of growing up in a cold place, and how the climates of childhood frame our emotional thermodynamics for life.

After a remarkable year spent touring the Antarctic as a writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, McNeil says she is forever changed by her experience. The cold and extreme isolation stirs up memories of a hardscrabble childhood in the Maritimes, forcing her to confront her past. The lengthy journey, combined with the loneliness, fear, and utter darkness of life on remote research stations is dramatic and exciting – a rousing story pulses under the surface of this literary work.

In Ice Diaries McNeil brings the austere beauty and the constant danger of the continent to life. Weaving science and narrative, she draws vivid portraits of the people who are drawn to the unforgiving continent and the importance of the research conducted in the world's icy places. Her descriptions of the ships and bases, those thin membranes against the elements, are unforgettable.

In the introduction to Ice Diaries, McNeil says that the realm of ice is a mysterious world, underpinned by several persistent and little-publicized scientific mysteries, even conundrums. Before she went to Antarctica she knew little of the cryosphere. The majority of people who go to Antarctica are scientists who work in the cryospheric disciplines: glaciology, oceanography, marine biology, terrestrial biology, atmospheric chemistry, physics, and astronomy, along with the engineers, technicians, mountaineers, pilots, and mariners who support the science program on the frozen continent and who are the modern-day equivalent of polar explorers, carrying their cold studs of knowledge of the fickleness of ice, the harshness of the light, the topsy-turvy world which awaits there, where all one’s expectations and beliefs of how the planet ought to behave are overturned as the sun performs strange revolutions in the sky.

McNeil says everyone – scientists, seamen, pilots, electricians alike – has spoken of Antarctica's unique cultish allure. "Once you've lived there for any period of time, you can't get the place out of your head," Tim, an eloquent English builder she met on base, told her. The white tractor beam it exerts upon the consciousness of people who have been there, pulling them back, operates on a power beyond its obvious allures – its cold charisma, its pristine wildness. Could the lump of rock and ice that ballasts our planet at the bottom have qualities nowhere else on earth possesses? Could it be something akin to a consciousness? There, she felt the press of an external consciousness on hers, and not for the first time; as it turns out she had felt it as a child growing up in a cold corner of Canada's eastern seaboard, but had forgotten it.

Ice Diaries completes McNeil’s trio of books on the polar regions. It is not a systematic account or explanation of the phenomenon of climate change or of the science behind it – other books have done that. It is a less ambitious artifact: a witness statement, a travel narrative and a diary of a journey to the most inaccessible of the seven continents. It is also a study in the thermodynamics of our lives. How we weather these personal climate changes may determine the course of our lives.

McNeil went to the Antarctic less as an individual with a past than as a writer, an official envoy from the future, to see what she would make of it. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS)/Arts Council England International Artists and Writers residencies existed from 1998 until 2010; she was part of this program, which sent many talented visual artists, and a few writers, to the continent. The expectation was that their resulting work would further the public communication of science, and in particular, of climate change science. People would care more: about science, about the polar regions, about climate change.

McNeil says she learned a great deal about the science of climate change in Antarctica. However, climate is a flexible concept, and the book is an exploration of an inner as much as an outer landscape, and an account of the emotional effect of her rediscovery of winter that year – in essence, a kind of self-ambush. There is a winter of the heart, and winter of the mind, and these can be more chilly than any external temperature a person might encounter. Ice Diaries probes winter as a concept and an experience. Ice Diaries is a rare glimpse at an elusive continent and a haunting story of the relationship between beauty and terror, loss and abandonment, transformation and triumph.

She writes about the loneliness, the fear, the utter darkness, and the rare and incredible beauty of places few of us will ever visit. Highly recommended. – For the Love of Books
The reason I picked this book up was because I love that combination of geography, history and science but from a writer’s perspective... All in all this was a varied and enjoyable read. – Books Are a Uniquely Portable Magic

An accomplished novel ... McNeil has a sure hand and a deft touch with prose. Like the ice of its subject, the writing in the novel hides great complexities with surface simplicity and clarity. – Globe and Mail

Beautifully and intelligently written. and often deeply and unexpectedly funny. McNeil has a rare gift. – Montreal Mirror

Haunting. atmospheric. – Publishers Weekly

Called ‘a sharp, unarguable talent’ by The New York Times, McNeil in Ice Diaries expertly mixes travelogue, popular science, and memoir to catalogue her years on ice. The book is a haunting story of the relationship between beauty and terror, loss and abandonment, transformation and triumph.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership

Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism by Jeff Gramm (HarperBusiness)

Recent disputes between shareholders and major corporations, including Apple and DuPont, have made headlines. But the struggle between management and those who own stock has been going on for nearly a century. Mixing never-before-published and rare, original letters from Wall Street icons – including Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Ross Perot, Carl Icahn, and Daniel Loeb – Dear Chairman traces the rise in shareholder activism from the 1920s to today, and provides an unprecedented perspective on what it means to be a public company, including how they work and who is really in control.

Author Jeff Gramm analyzes different eras and pivotal boardroom battles from the last century to understand the factors that have caused shareholders and management to collide. Throughout, he uses the letters to show how investors interact with directors and managers, how they think about their target companies, and how they plan to profit. Each is an example of capitalism at work told through the voices of its most colorful, influential participants.

A hedge fund manager and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Gramm has spent as much time evaluating CEOs and directors as he has trying to understand and value businesses. He has seen public companies that are poorly run, and some that willfully disenfranchise their shareholders. While he pays tribute to the ingenuity of public company investors, Gramm in Dear Chairman also exposes examples of shareholder activism at its worst, when hedge funds engineer stealthy land-grabs at the expense of a company’s long term prospects.

…concise account of the spread of the particular form of corporate democracy called ‘shareholder activism’… a grand story. – Wall Street Journal
 … a revelation: a lively account of a long war against corporate and investor smugness – The Financial Times
It’s an illuminating read for those wondering what drives activists, and includes occasional references to music (another Mr. Gramm hobby) with lucid observations on investors and corporations. – Wall Street Journal
… illuminating and often wildly entertaining – Huffington Post
Jeff Gramm has a refreshing approach to the generations-long conflict between entrenched corporate management and shareholder activists. Gramm illustrates this seemingly never ending struggle for corporate control by examining specific well known and surprisingly interesting examples.
Dear Chairman is an engaging and worthwhile read. – Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Public companies face the high standards of the marketplace: fill a need, grow, and remember always that you are the trustee of your stockholders’ money. Dear Chairman is a fascinating and colorful history. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate as investor or manager. – Charles R. Schwab, Chairman, The Charles Schwab Corporation

The story of the rise of shareholder activism has never been told as compellingly and instructively as Jeff Gramm offers it in Dear Chairman, a book that dissects the dramatic deals and brings to life the unbelievable characters of the past 100 years. – Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

When major shareholders get actively involved, how do they think about companies and their value? Jeff Gramm breaks new ground in a book which is exciting, wise, well-written, and above all else instructive and useful. – Tyler Cowen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation, professor of economics George Mason University
This is a rare book, masterful in both technical understanding and in narrative. – Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man
Jeff Gramm’s fascinating archaeology of shareholder activism lays bare the foundation upon which today’s turbulent, performance oriented stock market stands.
Dear Chairman is an important, interesting, and insightful history. – Frederick W. Smith, Chairman & CEO, FedEx Corporation

The letters give insight into how shareholder activism can both benefit and harm companies. Gramm’s findings will intrigue and inform history buffs and activist shareholders alike. – Publishers Weekly

Dear Chairman is a sharp and illuminating history of one of capitalism’s longest running tensions told through entertaining case studies and original letters from legendary and controversial investors and activists. With masterful scholarship and professional insight, Gramm provides a much-needed understanding of the public company/shareholder relationship for investors, managers, and everyone concerned with the future of capitalism.

Computers & Internet / Data Visualization / Information Graphics

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, 1st edition by Alberto Cairo (New Riders)

According to Alberto Cairo in The Truthful Art, no matter what anyone’s actual job title, they are – or soon will be – a data worker. 

Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM), where he heads specializations in infographics and data visualization. He is also director of the visualization program of UM’s Center for Computational Science, and Visualization Innovator-in-Residence at Univisión.

Every day, at work, home, and school, we are bombarded with vast amounts of free data collected and shared by everyone and everything from our co-workers to our calorie counters. In this highly anticipated follow-up to The Functional Art –Cairo’s foundational guide to understanding information graphics and visualization – the respected data visualization professor explains in clear terms how to work with data, discover the stories hidden within, and share those stories with the world in the form of charts, maps, and infographics. 

The Truthful Art explains:

  • The role infographics and data visualization play in our world.
  • Basic principles of data and scientific reasoning that anyone can master.
  • How to become a better critical thinker.
  • Step-by-step processes that will help readers evaluate any data visualization (including their own).
  • How to create and use effective charts, graphs, and data maps to explain data to any audience.

The Truthful Art is also packed with inspirational and educational real-world examples of data visualizations from such leading publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Berliner Morgenpost (Germany), and many more.

Alberto Cairo is widely acknowledged as journalism's preeminent data viz wiz. He is also journalism's preeminent data scholar. As newsrooms rush to embrace data journalism as a new tool – and toy – Cairo sets the standard for how data should be understood, analyzed, and presented. The Truthful Art is both a manifesto and a manual for how to use data to accurately, clearly, engagingly, imaginatively, beautifully, and reliably inform the public. – Jeff Jarvis, professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and author of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News

A feast for both the eyes and mind, Alberto Cairo's The Truthful Art deftly explores the science – and art – of data visualization. The book is a must-read for scientists, educators, journalists, and just about anyone who cares about how to communicate effectively in the information age. – Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars

If I were smarter, had more patience with academia, and had more focus, I might turn out to be more like Alberto, closer to the brilliance that he applies to the nature of information architecture. His title explains a lot: truth represents a most fundamental of attitudes, in questions asked, answers given and journeys taken. This [book] is a must on your thoughtful shelf of understanding. – Richard Saul Wurman, founder of the TED Conference

Alberto Cairo is a great educator and an engaging storyteller. In The Truthful Art he takes us on a rich, informed, and well-visualized journey that depicts the process by which one scrutinizes data and represents information. The book synthesizes a lot of knowledge and carefully explains how to create effective visualizations with a focus on statistical principles. The Truthful Art will be incredibly useful to both practitioners and students, especially within the arts and humanities, such as those involved in data journalism and information design. – Isabel Meirelles, professor at OCAD University (Canada) and author of Design for Information

As soon as I started immersing myself in The Truthful Art, I was horrified (and somewhat ashamed) to realize how much I didn’t know about data visualization. I’ve spent most of my career pursuing a more illustrative way to present data, but Alberto Cairo’s clarifying prose superbly explained the finer points of data viz. Since Alberto warns us that “[data is] always noisy, dirty, and uncertain,” everyone in this business had better read his book to find out how to properly construct visualizations that not only tell the truth, but also allow us to interact meaningfully with them. – Nigel Holmes, founder of Explanation Graphics

To communicate data clearly, you have to think about it clearly. The Truthful Art dives deep and provides an enlightened introduction to the ‘power tools’ of data experts: science, statistics, and visualization. – Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, research scientists, Google

The Truthful Art is essential reading for my visual communication students and for anyone (at any level) who cares about telling a story visually. Get this book, read it, act on it. If you’re looking for help to put your data visualization on the right track, this is it. – John Grimwade, assistant professor, School of Visual Communication, Ohio University

In The Truthful Art, Cairo transforms elementary principles of data and scientific reasoning into tools that readers can use in daily life to interpret data sets and extract stories from them.

Culture / Native American

Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples by Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder & Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (Visible Ink Press)

The terms, indigenous and First Nations Peoples, still generalize the identity of the more than 550 indigenous groups in the lower 48 states and Alaska. However, I believe they are empowering ‘generalized’ descriptors because they accurately describe the political, cultural, and geographical identities, and struggles of all aboriginal peoples in the United States. I no longer use Indian, American Indian, or Native American because I consider them to be oppressive, counterfeit identities. – Michael Yellow Bird, 1999

From ancient rock drawings to today's urban living, the Native American Almanac by Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder, and Shannon Rothenberger Flynn traces the rich heritage of Indigenous people across a continent and spans generations of lives.

With decades of research, writing and education experience, the authors have extensive backgrounds in Native American history, culture and affairs. Wakim Dennis currently serves as the Education Director for the Children's Cultural Center of Native America and is a columnist for Native Hoop Magazine. Hirschfelder served at the Association on American Indian Affairs and as a Native American consultant on numerous projects. Rothenberger Flynn served as Native American consultant on books for young readers.

Native American Almanac is a mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations’ histories, and insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, and movements. Ten regional chapters cover the narrative history, the communities, land, environment, important figures, and backgrounds of each area’s Tribal Nations and peoples. The stories of 345 Tribal Nations, biographies of 400 influential figures in all walks of life, Native American firsts, awards, and statistics are covered. Over 300 photographs and illustrations bring the text to life.

Native American Almanac is a look at the history, tribal nations and peoples in ten regions across the country. Each chapter starts with a narrative history, covering the communities, land, environment, and backgrounds of each area's Tribal Nations, which is followed by separate biographical profiles of key figures. This comprehensive source thoroughly explores the past, progress, and current conditions of Native Americans. It also offers a bibliography, an index, and numerous appendices, including indigeneity to the North and South: Canada, Caribbean, Greenland and Mexico; Historical Sites; Heritage Areas; Indigeneity of the Powwow; and Native American Firsts and Inventions. Agriculture, place names, and language have all been influenced by Native American culture. The stories and history of pre- and post-colonial Tribal Nations and Indigenous people continue to resonate and inform the geographical boundaries, laws, and modern life of America.

Native American Almanac is not a treatise on how valuable Native peoples were/are to ‘immigrant’ settlements or all of the contributions to American life that First Peoples made (and make). The authors say they are not out to prove the worth of Native customs/inventions/values as a plea to preserve Indigenous cultures or to push back against racism. Rather, they maintain that no matter who writes the history, the nitty-gritty is that this place is the homeland of Indigenous peoples, whether they have been here since the beginning of the human species or just 50,000 years and have a right to just ‘be’ without any rationalization for their continued existence.

When Europeans first arrived in the western hemisphere there were millions of people and thousands of cultures, nations, and languages. The authors include as many of them as possible and readers will see just how much those fateful contacts had and still have on Indigenous peoples. Readers will find biographies of famous people, as well as home-town heroes. Some may be important to their communities, but unknown to the entire country. Sadly, because of the long-lasting effects of ‘successful colonialism,’ most Americans know very little about any Native peoples, even the famous ones. And what they do know is often incorrect.

Native people are not just another minority, although they are often classified as such. Many are members of a particular Native governmental entity often referred to as a ‘domestic, dependent sovereign nation.’ Unlike Asian, African, or Latino Americans, most Native nations have a direct relationship with the U.S. government – they have entered into treaties (although the U.S. has never fully honored any treaty, but forces Indigenous nations to uphold them), yet do not get afforded the same rights as other nations with which the U.S. has treaties. Hundreds of Native governments are recognized by the federal government; others by state governments. Some governments, which were ‘terminated,’ struggle to reclaim their rightful status. Some communities are remnant groups comprised of survivors of different nations decimated by wars and colonialism yet banded together and continue to exist. There is a chapter on Urban Peoples; the authors address cultures that are from other parts of the hemisphere (Garifuna, Maya, Taino, Mixteca), but are Americans, too. Hawaii is part of Native American Almanac as Native Hawaiians are classified as Native peoples in the United States. Many Native Hawaiians do not like that classification as they feel it diminishes their status as subjects of the Kingdom of Hawaii or the Republic of Hawaii.

The authors organized this immense topic into geographical regions, but these regions have different climates, topography, and, of course, different cultures. Some communities in a region are so diverse from each other that they could be on opposite sides of the country instead of a couple of hundred miles away. Native American Almanac is not meant to be an encyclopedia of Native America – there is far too much material for such an undertaking. The authors say they were as inclusive as they could possibly be, while staying within the restrictions of their word count.

The back matter section has definitions, as well as some interesting points on Indigeneity and a bit about Native peoples in Canada, Mexico, Greenland, and the Caribbean. Each chapter has a listing of both historical and contemporary groups located in the area, as well as present-day states, climate, and topography. Biographies are organized chronologically and most are at the end of the chapters.

Native American Almanac is the most comprehensive, the most affordable, one-volume reference on Native American history, the people and the nations who helped make our nation. It is a resource devoted to illustrating, demystifying, and celebrating the moving, sometimes difficult, and often lost history of the indigenous people of America. Capturing the stories and voices of the American Indian of yesterday and today, it provides a range of information on Native American history, society, and culture.

History / Entertainment / Music / Popular Culture

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns (Da Capo Press)

From the roots put down in Woodstock by [Albert] Grossman and [Bob] Dylan, an extraordinary scene emerged and evolved over the subsequent years. It gave rise to the notion of Woodstock as countercultural touchstone, a hippie state of mind that went so far beyond the town itself... And to this day, summer tourists in their thousands pour into Woodstock to find the site of the famous festival that never happened there. – from the Prologue

Think ‘Woodstock’ and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. But the town of Woodstock, New York, the original planned venue of the concert, is located over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. Long before the landmark music festival usurped the name, Woodstock – the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan holed up after his infamous 1966 motorcycle accident – was already a key location in the '60s rock landscape. In the 1960s when musicians in the New York City folk science decided to ‘get together in the country’ they headed to Woodstock. They went ‘back to the land’, turning the quiet enclave into a funky Shangri-La.

In Small Town Talk, Barney Hoskyns recreates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, scheming dealers, and opportunistic hippie capitalists drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks from the Band. Central to the book's narrative is the broodingly powerful presence of Albert Grossman, manager of Dylan, the Band, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, and Todd Rundgren – and the Big Daddy of a personal fiefdom in Bearsville that encompassed studios, restaurants, and his own record label. Intertwined in the story are the Woodstock experiences and associations of artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton, and Bobby Charles (whose immortal song-portrait of Woodstock gives the book its title).
Drawing on numerous first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene – and on the period when he lived there himself in the 1990s – Hoskyns has produced an Eats Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. canyon classic Hotel California. Hoskyns is a music historian and editorial director of the online music-journalism library Rock’s Backpages.

Small Town Talk tells Woodstock's story from its earliest days as a bohemian arts colony to its ongoing life as a cultural satellite of New York City.

Peace and love are rare interlopers in Barney Hoskyns's excellent Woodstock opus. Instead the machinations of power emanating from Dylan's first manager, Albert Grossman, ripple through the story like a shark's fin, calmly interspersed with frenzied bouts of bacchanalia. There was some music as well. Wish I'd been there. – Graham Parker
Woodstock has never simply been about Dylan, the Band, and a certain large nearby festival. That small town has played host to some of music’s greatest, quirkiest, and most self-destructive talents, along with several barn fulls of industry gossip, and Barney Hoskyns has unearthed all of it to tell one of rock’s last great untold stories. –
David Browne, author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
Few writers know more about the essence – and the magical geography – of the rock world than Barney Hoskyns.
Small Town Talk does for Woodstock what his Hotel California did for Woodstock's SoCal sister community. In both cases, these historically special places, where recent American culture was born and flowered, are lucky to have this wise, witty, knowledgeable Englishman getting them not just spot-on right but also so much fun to read. – Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the Journey of a Generation
Hoskyns peels back the layers of a musical Shangri-La that has plenty of dark corners… The cast of characters is stellar… Fans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure. – Kirkus Reviews
A fascinating history and behind-the-scenes examination of life in the small town of Woodstock… This title will appeal to those who are looking for a detailed account of the bohemian lifestyle, as well as to fans of Sixties rock. – Library Journal
An absorbing glimpse into events that shaped Woodstock, N.Y., into a haven for musicians… Hoskyns’s stunning book highlights some of the most memorable music in American history. – Publishers Weekly
Goes inside the myth, debauchery and creative fire of one of rock’s legendary towns… Hoskyns’ fascinating new history of Woodstock,
Small Town Talk, explores one of rock’s most mythic settings… [Hoskyns] pin[s] down the knotty reality behind the tie-dyed myth. – Rolling Stone
[Hoskyns] tells the colorful history of this town that began its life as an artists' colony in the early 20th century. – New York Post
Hoskyns’ coverage of Bob Dylan is well balanced and easy to follow. – Portland Book Review

What actually ensued in that upstate town and its musical scene in the years before and after 1969… Revealing… [Hoskyns] gives the flavor of the place and time while adeptly interweaving detailed stories of a number of performers… He has filled in the picture of what the real Woodstock, in its heyday, was like. – Wall Street Journal

Hoskyns tells the tale of one beloved New York City outpost. – Village Voice

Small Town Talk is richly absorbing, a classic study of a vital scene in a magical place during a revolutionary time. The book shows readers how Woodstock earned its place in music history.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

Bad Signs: A Thriller by R. J. Ellory (The Overlook Press)

R.J. Ellory's remarkable talent for probing the unknown establishes him as a master of the [thriller] genre. – Clive Cussler

The powerful new novel by bestselling author R.J. Ellory is a story that asks whether it's truly possible to be born under a bad sign.

In Bad Signs, orphaned by an act of senseless violence that took their mother from them, half-brothers Clay and Elliott have been raised in state institutions, unaware of any world beyond their walls. But their lives take a sudden turn when they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row.

Earl Sheridan is a psychopath of the worst kind, and as he and his two hostages set off on a frenetic path through California down to Texas, Clay and Elliot in Bad Signs must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of violence in their wake. It’s a path that will force them to make a choice about their lives, and their relationship to each other – and it will change their lives forever.

Set in the 1960s, Bad Signs is a tale of the darkness within all of us, the inherent hope for salvation, and the ultimate consequences of evil. Praised by Alan Furst as a “uniquely gifted, passionate, and powerful writer,” Ellory once again delivers a thriller, returning to the haunting ground of his international bestseller A Quiet Belief in Angels.

Bad Signs takes a hard look at the consequences of senseless violence and the choices people make in the face of desperation and deprivation. Clay and Elliot are orphaned and on the verge of adulthood, have been dependent on each other during their bitter years in juvenile offenders' institutes. Confronted with a jailbreak, the two make a perilous decision that brings them into the grip of Earl Sheriden, who ‘adopts’ the boys during a killing spree through California and Texas. Earl's influence will determine whether the boys choose a path of righteousness or corruption.

While not everything is completely hopeless for Clay and Elliot – there are glimpses of bravery, belief, care, love, defiance and empathy – this is a careful study in human frailty, in madness, mistakes, and the power of human connection. Bad Signs is a sobering reminder of how a significant encounter and the power of choice can transform a person's life.

Ellory, an Englishman who regularly brings vivid life to diverse American characters, locales, and eras [Ghostheart, 2015], may be drawing on some of his own experience here. Ellory brilliantly renders Clay’s sense of loss, loneliness, and fear – but also his resolute hope for salvation. Pair this striking mix of character study and thriller with John Hart’s similarly gripping Iron House. – Booklist, starred review
A haunting thriller… an existential look at the nature of fate… gripping – Kirkus

As beautiful as it is riveting, Bad Signs is a profound and nuanced thriller. This is a gripping book by a master of his craft, packed with detailed descriptions and meticulous character development, and perfect for returning Ellory fans or readers who have yet to encounter his work.

Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction

Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller by Whitley Strieber (Alien Hunter Series: Tor Books)

Strieber is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including Warday, Nature's End, and Superstorm, the basis of the movie The Day After Tomorrow.

The master of the alien adventure, Strieber is back with the Alien Hunter series, now the basis for the Syfy television series Hunters. Alien Hunter: The White House is the new chapter and third installment in this story that is a mix of suspense and science fiction.

Alien Hunter: The White House delves into the saga of Flynn Carroll, who works for the most secret police unit on the planet, seeking the most brilliant and lethal criminals who have ever walked free: thieves and murderers from another world.

The aliens have seen many worlds, but they know that Earth in particular is a jewel. They lust for its soaring mountains, its shining seas, its gorgeous forests, and majestic deserts. There is just one part of the planet that they don't want: us.

Flynn Carroll knows that the aliens are a race of brilliance and extraordinary cruelty. And he knows that they have found a way to eliminate humanity: capture the mind of the president of the United States. Control him, and they control the most powerful man in the world.

Though Carroll is determined to stop the aliens from achieving their goal, the president remains ignorant of the danger that he and the rest of the planet are in. With doomsday coming ever closer, Carroll might be the only hope for the survival of the human race.

The series Whitley was born to write. – David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Retribution

Alien Hunter engages you immediately and then surprises you on every page, taking the story to places I could never anticipate. – Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Exit Plan

Scary, suspenseful, shocking, thrilling ... Strieber's a master of suspense and the undisputed master of the we-are-not-alone thriller, and in Alien Hunter, he proves it yet again. – William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter

Steel-willed operative Flynn Carroll reprises his role as an agent extraordinaire in Detail 242, the CIA's secret task force assigned to counter Aeon, a planet whose aliens clandestinely invaded Earth years earlier. When Carroll uncovers a plot by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence to collaborate with Aeon and provoke nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, he's thrust into a series of adventures that he barely survives. Publishers Weekly

Whitley Strieber at his best – part Stephen King, part Dean Koontz, but always Whitley. Pulse-pounding action and a perplexing puzzle but most of all Alien Hunter has real feeling – a heart as big as the Ritz. – Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author

A fast-paced, action-packed thriller that blends Whitley Strieber's famed interest in aliens with a breathless police manhunt. – David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author

Whitley Strieber knows how to scare us. Now he's taken his own frightening experiences documented in his bestseller Communion and built them into a compelling and must-read cops-and-aliens detective series. Who are the entities who stole detective Flynn Caroll's wife and what do they want? Whitley takes us on the hunt. – William J. Birnes, co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Day After Roswell and star of History Channel's UFO Hunters

Back in top form, Strieber delivers the perfect mix of suspense and science fiction in Alien Hunter. Fans of the new television series as well as anyone looking for a thrilling read won't want to miss this new page-turner.

Health & Physical Fitness / Body Building

Building Muscle and Performance: A Program for Size, Strength & Speed by Nick Tumminello (Human Kinetics)

Every weekend warrior has two goals: compete successfully and look great doing it. Enter Building Muscle and Performance: A Program for Size, Strength & Speed by expert trainer Nick Tumminello. Tumminello is the owner of Performance University International, which provides strength training and conditioning for athletes and educational programs for trainers and coaches all over the world.

By combining the most effective approaches and exercises, Tumminello has developed a high-efficiency system for building muscle and boosting performance. Step by step, readers learn the best exercises for increasing speed, explosiveness, athleticism, and endurance, discovering performance and physique that they never thought possible.

Building Muscle and Performance includes 289 exercises and 75 ready-to-use programs. Detailed photo sequences depict every movement as well as variations to increase or decrease difficulty. Readers find expert advice, equipment tips, and safety precautions.

Tumminello says that readers are looking to get stronger and build a better-looking body that can also get things done. Achieving that requires a comprehensive mixture of both muscle- and performance-based training. Building Muscle and Performance gives readers the best of both worlds, whereas most books on building muscle are essentially bodybuilding books that neglect the performance and conditioning components. The training strategies and workouts will challenge them on multiple levels so they will build the physique they are after while improving their overall athleticism. So, not only will they look better, but they can also be better at every athletic pursuit.

Put simply, improving their physique and performance, along with their overall health, requires several training components because no single type of training will address all demands. With that reality in mind, it makes sense that taking a mixed approach to exercise programming – an approach that uses the entire functional spectrum of training – will give them better results than they would get by using only one training method.

Functional training is a subject worthy of intelligent discussion, which is what chapter 1, Functional-Spectrum Training, provides. Chapter 1 defines what functional training truly is, and especially what it isn't. Readers discover the four types of foundational exercises in the functional-spectrum training system and the benefits and limitations of each type of exercise. Every workout program in Building Muscle and Performance uses all four types of exercises.

Chapter 2, Building Muscle, Increasing Strength, presents the three Ss of the functional-spectrum training system – speed, strength, and size – that the resistance training portion of all the workout programs in Building Muscle and Performance will help readers improve. In chapter 3, Cardio Conditioning, they learn how to incorporate polarized training to improve their endurance to complement the speed-, strength-, and size-oriented training. Supramaximal interval training (SMIT), steady-state cardio, metabolic conditioning protocols, and a variety of exercise applications for each protocol are presented.

Chapters 4 through 7 detail training for the upper and lower body, including the core. These chapters contain a variety of total-body exercise applications, cross-body exercise applications, compound exercise applications, and isolation exercise applications using all the training tools – medicine balls, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, cables, machines and body weight. Readers also learn about the ‘Core 4’ and some common myths in core training.

In chapter 8, Warm-Up and Cool-Down, readers get a variety of warm-up sequences and self-massage drills that will bookend their workouts and make their training well rounded. The workout programs in chapter 9, Foundational Programming, help readers build a solid training foundation to ensure their body is ready to safely perform the more intense workouts using the three Ss of the functional-spectrum training system.

When readers have developed their training base or if they are advanced exercisers, chapters 10, 11, and 12 present five training programs, each consisting of three workouts that they can do three, four, or five times per week. Because some people train only twice per week, these chapters include three program variations consisting of two workouts.

The programs in chapter 10, Performance Programming, emphasize improvements in performance while still having a concern for muscle. The programs in chapter 11, Muscle Programming, emphasize improvements in muscle while still having a concern for performance. The programs in chapter 12, Performance and Muscle Programming, address both without emphasizing one over the other.

Finally, in chapter 13, Customizing Programs for Personal Results, readers review the five principles and guidelines of safety and exercise selection they should apply, regardless of training goal, in order to tailor workouts to suit their needs and to ensure that they continue to achieve the best training results – whether they are using the workout programs provided or designing their own workouts based on the training concepts and techniques they have learned in Building Muscle and Performance.

Nick Tumminello's expertise in exercise science is second to none. I've trained all over the country and found no one better. His methodology in regard to building a bigger, faster, stronger body is a formula for success. – Steve Weatherford, Former Punter for the New York Giants (2011-2014)

Working with Nick Tumminello allowed me to see training in a whole new light. The way he was able to combine functional movement, flexibility, and strength training was like nothing I'd ever done before. Not only was I completely gassed at the end, but I found myself wanting more! – Quinn Sypniewski, Former Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens (2006-2009)

Readers no longer have to choose between a chiseled physique and athletic performance; Building Muscle and Performance delivers the best of both worlds. Each chapter in the book can be used as a stand-alone resource for scientifically founded programming concepts and training techniques. If readers are inexperienced exercisers, they will appreciate the step-by-step presentation on muscle and performance training. If they are advanced exercisers, fitness professionals, or sport coaches, they will recognize the effectiveness of the training methods and will gain exciting new ideas, insights, and organizational strategies for hybrid training.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects by Jeff Wilson (Model Railroad Scenery Series: Kalmbach Publishing Company)

Scenery is what effectively turns a collection of models into a realistic model railroad. Modelers can easily learn to build better scenery: applying a basic landform shape, then a cover of grass and foliage, quickly turns a bunch of trains atop benchwork into a model railroad.

Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects is a project-oriented book covering all areas of building model railroad scenery, including landforms, terrain, water, rockwork, and trees. The book’s step-by-step photos and instructions make it easy for modelers to learn how to create realistic scenes.

The author, Jeff Wilson, is the author of the Archon Sigil series.

Scenery is the key in transforming a collection of trains atop benchwork into a model railroad. But building scenery intimidates many modelers. This is unfortunate, says Wilson, because adding a basic layer of scenery to a layout is not only relatively easy, it's also very forgiving – if something doesn't turn out the way they wanted, they can simply do it over again.

Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects includes 32 step-by-step projects originally published in Model Railroader magazine. Photos and drawings guide modelers through all the elements of scenery construction, from creating a landform to adding trees, foliage, and other scenic texture.

In Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects, readers learn how to:

  • Form terrain with foam and cardboard strips.
  • Create a scenic shell with plaster cloth and Sculptamold.
  • Add ground-foam and static grass ground cover.
  • Build deciduous and evergreen trees, plus forest canopies.
  • Model lakes, streams, and rivers with resin and other materials.
  • Cast and carve rocks from plaster and foam.
  • Make realistic backdrops with photos and mirrors.

The projects in Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects range from simple to complex, with many traditional methods but several innovative new techniques. All areas are covered, from building landforms and adding ground cover to making rockwork, trees, water, and other details. Wilson advises modelers to start small – to pick an area on their layout, choose a project, and jump in.

Outdoors & Nature / Guide Books

The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes by Seabury Blair Jr. (Sasquatch Books)

Timed perfectly with the National Park Service centennial celebration in 2016, The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments features the 75 best day hikes in national parks and monuments throughout Washington and Oregon including:

  • North Cascades National Park
  • San Juan Islands National Monument
  • Olympic National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Mount St. Helens National Monument
  • Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Oregon Caves National Monument
  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Written in an easy style for everyone, regardless of age, each trail description includes elevation gains, including a topographical map; up-to-date driving directions; mileage and estimated hiking time; and trail conditions. Creaky Knees hiking guides are perfect for aging baby boomers, seniors, those traveling with small children, and anyone else interested more in a stroll than a climb.

Author Seabury Blair Jr. writes a weekly outdoors column for the Kitsap Sun newspaper. He is the author of The Creaky Knees Guide Washington and two guides in the Day Hike! series: Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula and Day Hike! Columbia Gorge.

Hikers explore the splendor of the national parks and monuments of Oregon and Washington with this guide to 75 of the best easy-to-walk day hikes. This guide includes trail ratings from 1 (worthwhile) to 5 (spectacular), based on water features and other enjoyable factors; topographical maps with elevation profiles; as well as information at a glance, such as recommended seasons, permit and parking fees, and estimated hiking times.

Time indeed stands still in all the places readers will find in Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments, at least as still as Mother Nature allows. Our national parks and monuments are tasked with preserving and conserving the forests, mountains, beaches, and rivers in their charge for future generations. Hikers’ children and their children's children will be able to find the same vistas in the same condition they left them years ago. Mother Nature may move a tree or two, or – in at least one case in our lifetime – blow up a mountain. But for the most part, American parks and monuments will continue to look the same.

With The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments readers enjoy the best hikes in the pacific northwest's national parks & monuments. The book is written in an informative style that will appeal to everyone.

Political Science / Politics / Computers & Internet

People Get Ready: The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols (Nation Books)

Humanity is on the verge of its darkest hour – or its greatest moment.
According to Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols in People Get Ready, the consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling.

Nichols is a pioneering political blogger who has written The Nation’s Online Beat since 1999, their Washington correspondent, the associate editor of the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, and cofounder of Free Press; and Robert W. McChesney, cofounder of Free Press, is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

According to People Get Ready, the end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.
The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. McChesney and Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to address environmental and social problems and to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on reporting, historical analysis, and understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, in People Get Ready they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny – and unleashing the real power of the Internet and of humanity.

People Get Ready, by two of America's leading champions of Net Neutrality and efforts to close the digital divide, links an urgent call for action with an outline of what must be done to move from crisis to hope. Nichols and McChesney argue that the United States needs a new economy in which the benefits of revolutionary technologies are shared by everyone, applied to effectively address environmental and social problems, and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions and practices.

Traveling the world, meeting with top innovators in the tech industry, and moving from the cloistered confines of Google's Mountain View complex in California to the city streets where fast-food workers march for a living wage, the authors chronicle the effects of the tech revolution on the ground and in real time.

An energetic if grim discussion of inequality and the coming era of underemployment, viewed through the lens of the forgotten American progressive narrative. [McChesney & Nichols] bring clear urgency to this sprawling polemic, which encompasses politics, the cybereconomy, the decline of critical journalism, and historical movements beginning with America's founding…. An authoritative account of the challenges facing progressives wishing to fuse better governance with economic justice. – Kirkus Reviews
John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney make a compelling, and terrifying, case
[for] a radical reform agenda to take power back from the corporations and give it to the people. – Naomi Klein
John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney ... call us, as Tom Paine did more than two centuries ago, to turn knowledge into power. – Senator Bernie Sanders
The authors show ways out of this dictatorial compression chamber. Assuming that is, you become indignant enough. – Ralph Nader
As this lucid and informed study explains, digital technology is a reality that will lead to grim dystopia in the hands of concentrated economic and political power, but can also move us toward 'utopian dreams' in the hands of an informed and engaged public. The authors provide guidelines for understanding the evolving world, and for shaping it to deter the worst outcomes and to attain promising goals that are within reach, if the opportunities are grasped. – Noam Chomsky
We already face great debates about the future of our economy, about trade policy, wage policy, and the very nature of work. With this vital book, John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney show us how these debates are already remaking our communities, and our lives. They warn that too many decisions are being made in our name but without our informed consent. And they explain why citizens must be at the center of every debate going forward.
– Congressman Mark Pocan, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney are on the cutting edge when it comes to thinking about the future. They know what is coming our way and, more importantly, they know how working people must respond. If you want the future to be defined by citizens, rather than CEOs, you had better read this book. – RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United

With fearless analysis, intense reporting, deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding and their clairvoyant predictive powers, McChesney and Nichols in People Get Ready propose a bold strategy for fighting back and democratizing our digital destiny – before it's too late.

Professional & Technical / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Interventions: Function and Occupations, 2nd edition by Catherine Meriano JD OTR/L & Donna Latella EdD OTR/L (Slack Incorporated)

Occupational Therapy Interventions: Function and Occupations, 2nd edition is a comprehensive text providing the essential information required for occupational therapy practice in the physical approach to the intervention process. This practical text offers an entry-level approach to bridging the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA’s) Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition with everyday practice, specifically concerning interventions.
Author/editors Catherine Meriano and Donna Latella focus each chapter of the text on an area of occupation, evidence-based practice, current intervention options, as well as a specific hands-on approach to grading interventions. Although the focus of the text is the intervention process, Occupational Therapy Interventions also includes a detailed “Evaluation Grid” which offers a unique approach to choosing occupational therapy evaluations.
Meriano, JD, MHS, OTR/L, a tenured Professor of Occupational Therapy, teaches in both the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program and the traditional entry-level Masters of Occupational Therapy program; and Latella, EdD, OTR/L is a tenured Professor of Occupational Therapy with a clinical practice in home and outpatient care. Both are at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. The book has 11 contributors.

Changes to the 2nd edition include:

  • New evidence-based articles in each of the chapters.
  • New, rewritten and expanded chapters.
  • Updated references throughout.
  • Sample exam questions with each chapter.
  • Updated key concepts and incorporated new documents such as:
    • AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition.
    • AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.
    • AOTA’s Guidelines for Supervision, Roles, and Responsibilities During the Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services.

In 2002, the American Occupational Therapy Association created the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTP Framework) that replaced the medical terminology used by many clinicians. Occupational Therapy Interventions blends the Framework with the entry-level clinical skills in use today for the intervention of adults with physical disabilities. In addition, this text assists more experienced clinicians to integrate the Framework terminology and its purpose into practice. There are several interventions which are discussed only briefly as these are not typically entry-level skills. These are interventions that require advanced training, such as advanced dysphagia techniques, aquatics, the use of physical agent modalities, driver training, etc. Resources for additional education can be found in the Appendix at the end of the text.

As students emerge from universities well-versed in the Framework document, they need tools which discuss intervention using the most current terminology. Experienced clinicians also require these same tools to remain current and grow with the field of occupational therapy.

An instructor's manual in the form of a class syllabus is also included in the materials. The syllabus follows the format of the text and the newest edition of the OTP Framework and is broad enough for professors to tailor it to the needs of their own curriculum and teaching/learning style.

Occupational Therapy Interventions begins with a thorough review of the OTP Framework. Following this, Chapter 2 discusses the foundational skills required for all areas of occupation. While the Framework document is a thorough document, it does not include every aspect of clinical intervention. When an area requires further definition, such as is the case with perceptual skills, other references are utilized to supplement the Framework document. The Foundational Skills chapter primarily discusses remediation techniques for these skills. Once the foundational skills have been reviewed, each area of occupation – activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), work, retirement/volunteer, education, leisure, and social participation – are discussed. While information regarding evaluation is contained within these chapters, with a sampling of evaluation provided in Appendix B, the primary focus of Occupational Therapy Interventions is intervention. Remediation, adaptation/ compensation, and maintenance are addressed in the chapters. Because much remediation focuses on practicing a task, the emphasis in these chapters is on adaptation/compensation. Wellness is addressed in Chapter 9 regarding education to address both disability prevention and health promotion.

Throughout these chapters, information more specific to the topic is provided regarding frames of references, pathologies, psychosocial considerations, the role of the OTA, and safety. Chapter 1 provides a general overview of these topics. The chapters that cover more traditional areas of occupation for adult interventions have similar formats. These chapters are Foundational Skills for Functional Activities, Activities of Daily Living, and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. The remaining chapters – Education, Work, Retirement/Volunteer and End-of-Life Issues, Leisure, Social Participation, and Wellness – cover much of the same information as the Framework document, but in a more narrative and general format.

At the end of many chapters, a case study is presented. Appendix A is a resource guide compiled from all of the chapters. This contains useful web resources, ordering information, and continuing educational opportunities for more advanced skills training. Appendix B is a grid that provides information pertaining to a sampling of evaluations.

Occupational Therapy Interventions, 2nd edition is a comprehensive, practical and user-friendly text. With the incorporation of new evidence-based concepts, updates to reflect the AOTA’s newest documents, and new hands-on approaches to interventions, it should be by the side of every occupational therapy student and entry-level practitioner.

Professional & Technical / Criminology / Public Administration

Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice, 3rd edition by Richard P. Seiter (Pearson Higher Education)

Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice provides students a practical understanding of correctional operations. Touching briefly on the history and background of corrections, its focus lies in teaching students the purpose and practice of working in a corrections facility, along with the challenges that face its staff and administrators. Case studies, career information, and real situational examples give students a practical understanding they can take with them to a future career.

The third edition of Correctional Administration provides students with updated information on the various elements and challenges of the job. Recent data regarding correctional populations and costs and research findings that impact correctional policy give students insight into how the correctional system functions.

Author Richard P. Seiter is a career correctional professional, having worked in prisons and for correctional agencies for more than thirty years. He began a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), worked in four federal prisons and was warden of two. He was also Director of the BOP Staff Training Center in Denver, Colorado and was the first Chief of the NIC National Academy of Corrections. He also served as both Assistant Director for Industries, Education, and Training and Chief Operating Officer of Federal Prison Industries. Seiter was Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for almost six years. From 2005 until 2011, he was Executive Vice President of Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the United States.

Correctional Administration helps students learn and enjoy the past, present, and future of corrections; the functions of correctional administrators; and the issues that drive administrators as they create new operational approaches to respond to new challenges. It is an integration of theory and practice, providing the background and relevant theory that guides practice and the administration of correctional agencies. The book is organized into five sections, each providing readers with essential history and background, an understanding of critical issues, the important functions of correctional operations, and projections for future needs and adjustments to correctional administration. Part 1 of Correctional Administration provides a discussion of the environment and influences impacting corrections from past to present.

Part 1 also delves into the important area of leadership and management. Corrections is a ‘people business,’ and leadership style and quality are essential to accomplishing the mission of a correctional agency. Chapter 2 provides an overview of leadership theories in order for students to link style and correctional challenges while recognizing the impact of various leadership approaches on the administration of correctional agencies. Chapter 3 then describes the practical application of these theories, illustrates how management differs from leadership, and presents the complex issues of the future that may require leaders to modify traditional styles of leadership. Finally this section includes a discussion of how administrators can strategically plan with their organizations, and how to use planning exercises to create a vision and mission while identifying future challenges and appropriate responses.

Part 2 of Correctional Administration moves into the management and administration of the most important resource for a correctional agency – the staff. It begins with the role of staff in Chapter 5, as students learn of the variety of positions and staff functions in a correctional agency. Chapter 6 addresses the specific human resource management activities that must occur to maximize these staff resources. It addresses hiring, training and development, succession planning, performance appraisal and staff discipline, and collective bargaining in a correctional agency. It then moves to organization, as Chapter 8 describes the principles of organizing staff and functions to meet mandates and produce expected outcomes. It addresses the roles of headquarters and field organizations, and specifically examines how prisons and community corrections agencies are organized.

The final chapter in Part 2 focuses on how we supervise staff. A manager can't just hire and train staff and then send them on their way. Critical to a stable and productive workforce is the quality and type of supervision staff receive. People today expect involvement and to understand not only what they need to do but why they are doing it. So a major section of this chapter includes how to ‘empower’ the workforce and move them toward accomplishing the vision of the organization.

Part 3 of Correctional Administration is ‘managing the environment.’ Correctional administration must operate in a very complex and dynamic environment and must`have expertise in many areas that were less important in their world thirty years ago. First, we now face an unprecedented budget crisis in our country, and correctional agencies are thus required to deal with significant budget challenges. Chapter 9 describes some of the approaches being taken to address these budget issues. Chapter 10 discusses how correctional administrators manage risk and use the many actuarial methods to predict and respond to the risk of additional crime or misbehavior by offenders. Chapter 11 describes the tremendous challenge of managing the external environment. Today everyone cares about corrections. Administrators must know how to manage issues of the public, the elected officials, the media, and their many interest groups to successfully lead their organizations through challenging times.

Part 4, focuses on the management of prisons, and specifically the three main areas of prison operations: security, programs, and services. Chapter 12 provides critical security issues of design and physical security, inmate accountability and control of contraband, responding to inmate violation of rules, controlling prison gang activities, and preparing for emergencies and riots. It then focuses on the provision of prison programs, as the most important responsibility of a prison is to release offenders better able to become law-abiding citizens. The varieties of programs (education, substance abuse, mental health, work, religious, and recreation) are all described. Part 4 concludes with a description of how prison administrators manage and provide quality services that are basic to successful prison operations.

Correctional Administration concludes with a look at current and future issues. Many issues that currently confront correctional administrators are presented and discussed. Correctional administration is not a static event; it evolves in anticipation and response to issues. These issues include how sentencing statutes are being influenced and changed, as well as the types of special management of groups of offenders (aging, women, and sex offenders, as well as the most dangerous and predatory inmates). Life and death issues are presented, including preventing suicides and managing the execution of death penalty offenders. And a significant issue over the past two decades is what we need to do to improve prisoner reentry. Correctional Administration concludes with questions for the future.

There are several updates and additional sections that are new to the third edition of Correctional Administration.

  • All of the material has been updated with the most recent reports, populations, and research findings to keep the book current to those who study correctional administration. These are presented in the narrative, in the tables and figures, in the website exercises, and in the endnotes.
  • There are several new topical sections. One of these focuses on recent developments in collective bargaining, and covers the efforts by several states to minimize the influence unions had in bargaining and even rollback some benefits from previous negations for budgetary reasons.
  • There are several updates and new information as governmental agencies attempt to manage through tight budget times, and restructure sentencing and attempt to divert more offenders from prison into community sanctions.
  • In reviewing how correctional administrators manage the external environment, a new section describes the importance of maintaining relationships and making allies of interest groups.
  • In Chapter 15, two serious critical issues for correctional administrators have been added, and include issues related to the death penalty and executions as well as issues surrounding supermax prisons.
  • Chapter 16 has been reorganized. It presents several new challenges facing corrections in the future and made interactive so students can determine where they believe corrections will (or perhaps should) go on each issue. Topics to consider for the future include sentencing revisions, the use of technology, issues regarding capital punishment, and the role of rehabilitation in the correctional process.

Correctional Administration was written with several goals in mind, but the most important goal was to give those who are considering corrections as a career or who are preparing for the role as a correctional administrator a realistic appraisal of what their intended vocation looks like. The third edition of Correctional Administration conveys the difficulty of the work in this arena, as well as the potential enjoyment and fulfillment that can accompany doing a challenging job well while contributing to the public good. With the combination of background, philosophy, policy, and current practice, readers get an authentic and pragmatic understanding of the world of correctional administration.

Correctional Administration is a practical introduction to the theory, practice, and challenges of correctional administration. The textbook provides a framework for understanding and for action. As correctional practitioners confront some of the issues and critical functions presented in this text, they should be able to put them in both historical and managerial perspectives, and avoid mistakes that might occur without such an orientation.

Corrections is not a career for those who do not want to be challenged, who do not want to be in a ‘people business,’ and who do not want to contribute to the protection and safety of society. It is for those who are willing to expose themselves to public scrutiny, second-guessing, and even life-and-death decision making. Correctional Administration prepares readers for these career challenges.

Psychology & Counseling / Aging

Emotion, Aging, and Health edited by Anthony D. Ong and Corinna E. Löckenhoff (Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development (American Psychological Association)

Although older adults face significant health challenges, they tend to have better emotion regulation skills than younger or middle-age adults. Why is this and how might we use this knowledge to promote better health and well-being in adulthood and later life?

Emotion, Aging, and Health explores the reciprocal relations between aging and emotion, as well as applications for promoting mental and physical health across the lifespan. The authors discuss the neural and cognitive mechanisms behind age-related shifts in affective experience and processing. In addition to presenting emotion regulation strategies for offsetting age-related declines in mental and physical functioning, Emotion, Aging, and Health examines the role of culture and motivation in shaping emotional experience across the lifespan, as well as the factors defining boundary conditions between human illness and human flourishing in old age. By highlighting these major advances in interdisciplinary research, the authors suggest promising avenues for intervention.

The editors are Anthony D. Ong, PhD, associate professor of human development and Corinna E. Löckenhoff, PhD, associate professor of human development, both at Cornell University. The book has 26 contributors.

According to Karl Pillemer in the foreword to Emotion, Aging, and Health, for at least 2000 years, human beings have considered the following question: What promotes health and happiness in old age? Over the centuries, philosophers, scientists, and politicians have discussed and debated the conditions needed to improve the prospects of people in the last third of life. But never has this topic held the urgency that it does today.

We are in the midst of one of the most profound demographic shifts in human history. This phenomenon raises significant challenges for both individuals and societies, given that longevity often brings with it a burden of chronic disease and greatly increased risk of cognitive impairment. For humanitarian and for economic reasons, promoting health, delaying disability, and increasing meaningful social roles among older people are high priorities around the globe. The evidence base on which to develop both policies and interventions, however, is still underdeveloped. For this reason, Emotion, Aging, and Health is a timely fourth volume in the American Psychological Association Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development.

Emotion, Aging, and Health represents a major advance in our understanding of how to promote optimal human development, focusing on physical and psychological well-being in old age. Highlighting the intersections among emotions, health, and aging, the authors contribute to basic knowledge about development and successful adaptation in later life. As Susan T. Charles, Kate A. Leger, and Emily J. Urban put it in Chapter 9: "By understanding the strategies through which older adults capitalize on their limited resources, we can better understand the context of health across adulthood". Further, the chapters move beyond topics of pure scientific interest to inquiry about pathways to interventions that lead to successful aging.

It is impossible for readers to engage with Emotion, Aging, and Health and come away unconvinced of the importance of the study of emotion in the field of aging and life course development. The contributions range from efforts to understand the role of age-related neural and cognitive changes in emotion, to the nature and dynamics of emotion regulation, to cultural factors influencing affective experience, to the interaction of social connectedness and emotion. The growing theoretical and methodological sophistication in this field of study is showcased in the chapters, where attention is paid to such critical issues as personality, response to stressful events, and the role of positive emotions in promoting well-being. The powerful effects of various aspects of emotion on health are also demonstrated.

Ong and Löckenhoff say in the introduction that the chapters presented in the book explore advances in the fields of aging and affective science and their application to promote positive health and well-being in adulthood and later life. Topics include neural and cognitive mechanisms behind age-related shifts in affective experience and processing, emotion regulation strategies that serve to offset age-related declines in mental and physical functioning, the role of culture and motivation in shaping emotional experience across the lifespan, and the factors defining boundary conditions between human illness and human flourishing in old age.

More broadly, Emotion, Aging, and Health builds on the commitment of Uric Bronfenbrenner – a founder of Head Start and longtime faculty member in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University – to translate basic social scientific research into programs and policies to improve health and enhance quality of life. Emotion, Aging, and Health editors thus initiate a dialogue between basic and applied researchers – and ultimately with readers – on how to best understand the reciprocal relations between aging and emotion, and how to translate this understanding into interventions to promote mental and physical health across the life span.

Emotion, Aging, and Health is organized around five unifying themes. Within each theme are chapters that cover methodology and application. However, readers should bear in mind that the themes are interrelated and that individual chapters commonly address more than one theme.

  • Part I is an overview of the neural and cognitive mechanisms of age-related changes in brain function and emotion-cognition interactions.
  • Part II focuses on regulatory frameworks for evaluating emotional functioning in old age and their applications for understanding flexibility and adaptation to highly aversive life events.
  • Part III concentrates on the role of motivational and cultural factors in age-related differences in affective experience and their implications for mental health and decision-making.
  • Part IV presents approaches for investigating the health implications of positive and negative affective traits in later life.
  • Part V focuses on interventions designed to facilitate positive health and resilience in older adults.

Occasionally topical collections of important papers synthesize and solidify knowledge in ways that move entire fields forward. Ong and Lockenhoff's volume will no doubt serve this purpose for the science of emotion and aging. – Laura L. Carstensen, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

This book is a go-to reference for both developmental and emotion researchers. It is a great compilation – spanning neural processes to social relations – that brings the current thinking on emotions and aging together in one place. – Nilam Ram, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Emotion, Aging, and Health is particularly timely given recent paradigm shifts in the fields of affective science and positive aging. Although much valuable and promising research has already been conducted within each of these fields, communication across fields has been less than optimal. The volume redresses this imbalance by integrating findings from specialized lines of inquiry that use diverse methodologies. It will serve as a scaffold for the planning and implementation of emerging research initiatives.

Emotion, Aging, and Health will be of interest to applied researchers and scholars across disciplinary boundaries within the social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, applied philosophy) and across subdisciplinary boundaries within psychology and other fields (clinical, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology, as well as gerontology and geriatrics). The book can work as a stand-alone text for instructors teaching graduate seminars on aging and emotion, and it can serve as a reference for applied and basic researchers interested in a broad but selective survey of investigators working at the interface of emotion, aging, and health.

Psychology & Counseling / Psychotherapy / Ethics

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy, 4th edition by Robert Rocco Cottone & Vilia Tarvydas (Springer Publishing Company)

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy, 4th edition focuses on the nuances of ethical and legal standards across disciplines.

This 4th edition of the book is revised and updated to reflect the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and current ethics codes in psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. The text guides helping professionals in the use of ethical decision-making processes as the foundation for ethical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy focuses on ethical and legal challenges and standards across multiple professions emphasizing counseling, and including the professions of psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. It not only identifies relevant ethical issues in clinical mental health; rehabilitation, group, school, addictions counseling; and career counseling, it also addresses couple and family therapy, clinical supervision, and forensics. The text illuminates the particular application of ethical standards within each specialty.

Authors are Robert Rocco Cottone, PhD, professor of counseling and family therapy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy; and Vilia Tarvydas, PhD, LMHC, CRC, founding director of the Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Ethics (I-DARE), and professor emeritus and former chair of the Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department at the University of Iowa. The book has one additional contributor.

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy features five new sections that clearly define how ethical standards are interpreted and applied: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privileged Communication; Informed Consent; Roles and Relationships with Clients; Professional Responsibility; and Counselor Competency. Under the umbrella of each broad topic, the particular nuances of ethical standards within each specialty are analyzed to facilitate comparison across all specialties and settings. Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy also addresses current issues in office and administrative practices, technology, and forensic practice that are crucial to school, clinical, and private practice settings. Case studies illustrate the connection between ethical decision-making models and ethical practice. Learning objectives, a comprehensive review of scholarly literature, and a robust ancillary package with Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, and Power Point Slides for educators contribute to the 4th edition's value for use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate classrooms.

This 4th edition:

  • Includes comprehensive reorganization and reconceptualization of content.
  • Reflects new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Includes five new chapters on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privileged Communication; Informed Consent; Roles and Relationships with Clients; Professional Responsibility; and Counselor Competency.
  • Emphasizes specialty practice organized by professional standards.
  • Facilitates comparison of standards across disciplines.
  • Addresses new issues in office, administrative, technology, and forensic practice.

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a major revision of a prior book, Counseling Ethics and Decision Making, providing continuity to faculty who have used the book in teaching courses on ethics in counseling. The new text is broader, providing a larger mental health professional perspective, including the professions of psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. The new book definitely has a focus on counseling as a profession, but the material is more widely directed at all mental health professions.

The format of the book has been changed slightly. Many of the early chapters are updated versions of what appeared in earlier versions. For example, the book retains chapters addressing the mental health professions, values in counseling, decision making, ethical principles, ethical standards, technology, ethical climate, and office/administrative practices. However, the chapters on specialty practice have been revised substantially. In the past, each specialty had its own chapter (e.g., mental health counseling, school counseling, rehabilitation, and addictions) and all ethical standards were addressed in the chapter with a specialty heading. In contrast, this revised edition addresses the standards within ethical topical chapter headings (e.g., confidentiality and privacy, informed consent, roles and relationships), and each specialty is addressed in a subsection within the chapter. In this way, the ethical standards are the focus, and each specialty's nuanced practices and ethical specifications are clearly outlined under the topic of the chapter. This format allows for easy comparison of an ethical standard across specialties, for example, informed consent is analyzed across all of the specialties and settings.

The revised edition of Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy enhances the strengths of the prior edition but addresses more broadly the mental health enterprise as practiced across professions. This unparalleled text with fine ancillaries gives an unequalled overview of ethical decision-making in counseling and psychotherapy. In addition, the case studies are particularly compelling.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Feminism / Autobiographies & Memoirs

God Is Not a Boy's Name: Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest by Lyn G. Brakeman (Cascade Books)

The Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman is an Episcopal priest, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director, retired. She is the author of Spiritual Lemons: Biblical Women, Irreverent Laughter, and Righteous Rage (1997) and a blog. Brakeman was among the first women to enter the ordination process in the Episcopal Church just after the General Convention voted in 1976 that women could be priests. The bishop of her diocese had voted against ordaining women priests and hospitality towards female aspirants was guarded at best.

So why would a forty-year-old institutional naïf, suburban housewife, and mother of four enter such unfriendly territory to seek priestly ordination at a time when her personal life was in chaos? Things would have been easier had she been a man and had she not read Betty Friedan, not been headed for divorce, and not engaged in sins beginning with ‘a.’ How did she manage to stay this course?

Brakeman in God Is Not a Boy's Name offers no easy answers but tackles difficult issues – addiction, death and grief, divorce, the nature of priesthood, church politics, Christian feminism, and Jesus the Christ – with candor. Her story is held together by her spiritual connection to the voice of God from within and her growing conviction that the nature of divinity is gender-free; hence, theological language in sanctuary and classroom must reflect this truth in a balanced way.

According to Brakeman in God Is Not a Boy's Name, in the 1940s, when she was a child, God was named He, Him, His, Himself. Today God is still named He, Him, His, Himself.

It was not until the 1970s that she first saw the bright blue T-shirt bearing the slogan, "God Is Not a Boy's Name;" written in pretty white script. It was one of the campaign slogans coined by women who were pushing the patriarchal Episcopal Church to ordain them priests. There on that shirt, for the very first time, she saw the outer sign of the inner conviction she had had as a little girl: God is not male, even though He is called He.

She bought the shirt, tried it on once, puffed up her chest, and looked in the mirror. Then she placed it into her dresser drawer for safekeeping. From its hiding place, the shirt drove her on, and into a long, passionate fight with the Episcopal Church to be ordained a priest. She was a budding feminist, mother of four children, and suburbanly bored housewife on fire for her vision. She was also in a whirlwind of midlife personal chaos.

The Episcopal Church was in its own whirlwind. There were changes in all the staples of its political and liturgical life: new Book of Common Prayer, new catechism, and new Hymnal – not to mention a change in clergy gender. In 1976 the National Church finally voted that women could be priests.

In God Is Not a Boy's Name Brackeman says that memory, and writing, and her children's unfolding lives gave her hope while she binged on the exhilarating, delicious power of freedom. She says she had heard that freedom was a divine gift; she didn't know it was also dangerous and devilishly hard to navigate, worse than a whirlwind. Still, she was a woman – seeking God, meeting Jesus, rediscovering the power of her personal sexuality, exploring the politics of gender equality, drinking too much, grieving painful losses, and nearly sinking.

Ordination made Brackeman a priest, a vocation that continued to evolve as she continued to become a fully realized human being. These two maturation processes intertwined. The more she presided at Eucharist, the more she noticed that women and girls continued to get short shrift in society and church – injustice in her world and God's. She retrieved the old T-shirt and wore it like a vestment as she kept lobbying for her conviction that God is not male, and further, that Christianity needs a just and loving language for humanity and divinity. It is idolatry to worship an all-male deity we know has no gender. She says she had to tell the whole story in God Is Not a Boy's Name.

Lyn's memoir is a contemporary Journal of a Soul ... only more so. It is the journey of a woman fully alive in body, mind, and spirit, a journey into self, history, vocation, community; adulthood. Fiercely honest, even shocking at times – at least to this monk – and often howlingly funny, it speaks of faith, betrayal, forgiveness, resistance, and homecoming. Daughter, wife, mother, feminist, counselor, priest – Lyn's is a life offered in all its wonderful messiness and raw integrity, touched over and over by grace. It is a mirror of our own messy journey into Christ. – Robert Sevensky, OHC, Superior, Order of the Holy Cross

Lyn Brakeman, Episcopal priest and spiritual counselor, invites us to join her on the path of reflection and remembrance as she tells us, with devastating honesty and self-denying humor, about her journey to the Episcopal priesthood, and her parallel journey into the radical inclusiveness of the gospel. She does this with grace and blessing. Not pointing a finger, but welcoming all. – Chilton Knudsen, Eighth Bishop of Maine

If Anne Lamott and Elizabeth Johnson had produced a literary love child it would be this feisty, often funny, and deeply wise autobiographical narrative of a spiritual quest from an alcoholic yet loving home through a marriage with four children, divorce, and the arduous journey to have her vocation to priesthood confirmed by the Episcopal church. Brakeman combines Lamott's wit and grit with Johnson's theologically sophisticated imagination, providing a gift for heart and mind. – H. John McDargh, Associate Professor, Boston College, Department of Theology

Written with humor and honesty, God Is Not a Boy's Name is one part autobiography and one part social action. On the one hand it describes one woman’s very human journey of growth and self-discovery. On the other hand, it relates her contribution toward opening the Episcopal Church to greater acceptance of the feminine. The book is witty and wise.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Lutheran

Feasting in a Famine of the Word: Lutheran Preaching in the Twenty-First Century edited by Mark W. Birkholz, Jacob Corzine, & Jonathan Mumme, with a foreword by Jonathan Fisk (Pickwick Publications)

The authors of the essays in Feasting in a Famine of the Word seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a ‘rich feast’ from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. Feasting in a Famine of the Word covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching – from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers – and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon.

The editors are Mark W. Birkholz, Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois; Jacob Corzine, Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa; and Jonathan Mumme, Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin. The book has 18 contributors.

The collection of essays brought together in Feasting in a Famine of the Word is concerned with the sermon and with preaching as carried out and sermons as delivered by Lutherans. It presumes that a renewed and theologically reflective emphasis on preaching is one of the hallmarks of the Reformation and therefore also of the Lutheran church. But the volume is motivated by the concern that the contemporary Lutheran sermon falls short of that moniker: ‘hallmark.’ The editors and authors are united in their conviction that Lutheran preaching is both in need and worthy of rehabilitation, and the essays reflect their attempt to contribute to this task. The intention of Feasting in a Famine of the Word is not to replace old with new, but to learn from theologians, pastors, bishops, and apostles who have gone before – to learn from past preachers and present gifts for the perennial task of preaching as it plays out in our day, challenges included.

Setting the stage for the context in which modern preachers, at least in America, are given to work and contemplate their task is the essay from John Bombaro. "Is there a Text in This Sermon? A Lutheran Survey of Contemporary Preaching Methods" takes stock of current homiletical methods in America. Bombaro argues that consumerism forms the backdrop against which a sea of new, mixed, and hybrid homiletical forms must be understood. He offers tools for navigating waters that may be foreign to many preachers and can be outright dangerous for any.

Mark Birkholz's exegetical inquiry into the Lukan prologue and Peter's Pentecost sermon (Acts 2), "Pentecost and Peter: Patterns for Preaching;" asks the question of the ground of certainty in New Testament preaching. The author deftly addresses exegetical questions while leading readers in a clear direction, namely toward the place of such certainty in sermons today. He identifies two key aspects of this preaching which serve certainty: the reliability of the scriptural witness to speak to the events of salvation, and the ability of the hearers today to testify to the reality of God's working.

In his essay "The Israel of God in the Sermon," Paul Elliott addresses the question of interpreting the Old Testament faithfully and in a manner fruitful for application in the Christian sermon. Elliott converses capably with modern understandings of typological exegesis, and even as he contends that his approach is particularly Lutheran, his frequent citation of ancient church authors makes a case for catholicity.

In a volume of essays by Lutheran authors with much to say about Lutheran preaching such as Feasting in a Famine of the Word, the historically oriented piece by Richard J. Serina, Jr., "Nicolas of Cusa and the Reformation of Preaching;" provides sober and insightful restraint for any possible homiletical hubris of this Reformation tradition. Reformation of preaching does not begin with the formation of sermons; it is a byproduct of something else, namely (re)formation of the clergy.

Turning to the Reformation and post-Reformation era, Roy Axel Coats enquires into preaching's place in the larger discipline of theology or the vocation of a minister. In "Systematic Theology and Preaching in the Thought of Johann Gerhard," the author comes at the question of preaching's relationship to systematic theology by way of the classical Lutheran dogmatician, Johann Gerhard, drawing not only on his famous Loci Communes but also on his Methodus Studii Theologici. Gerhard pleads for ordered, clear, and concise preaching drawn from systematic theology. As ‘faith comes by hearing’ (Rom 10:17), it is preaching that awakens faith, but how does a preacher preach to those who already believe? In his essay, "Assuring the Faithful: On Faith and Doubt in Lutheran Preaching; " Jacob Corzine takes up the question of how one preaches to believers who are struggling to believe, taking seriously their doubt and Anfechtung, while recognizing it as theirs – namely as the doubt and struggle of believers.

In his contribution "The Difference in Differentiating Address;" Jonathan Mumme addresses the question of how the preacher speaks. He parses the difference between the preacher identifying himself with those receiving his proclamation (saying ‘we’), or differentiating himself from them (saying ‘I’ and ‘you’). In addressing Martin Luther's preaching, the author appropriates to the preacher a proper confidence that, when he speaks, Christ speaks. This confidence, he argues, has immediate bearing for the evangelical confidence of the hearer.

Continuing in a systematic-theological vein, Steven Paulson in Feasting in a Famine of the Word argues against a readily accepted definition of theology as pertaining to thinking or understanding. Instead, theology is for proclamation, i.e., for preaching. In his article, "Preaching as Foolishness," he presents preaching as a word of which no wisdom could conceive, namely as a faithful word of divine promise, in which is fully given all that God there vouches, leaving nothing in want.

In his essay "Paraenesis in Preaching;" Bishop Hans-Jorg Voigt (SELK, Germany) examines the relationship between paraenesis, law, and gospel. This systematic-theological question, he contends, cannot be answered without the practice of preaching and the applied care of souls in view. Via a close reading of the Formula of Concord's relevant articles Voigt offers insights for preaching and pastoral care by which neither paraenesis nor the gospel come up short.

John Pless's article, "Liturgical Preaching: The Pitfalls and the Promise;" addresses a recognized trend in twentieth century preaching and seeks to attend to the proper way to understand and implement preaching within the context of the liturgy. He surveys twentieth century liturgical preaching movement, and then looks critically to several Lutheran theologians for their critiques and appropriations of it. Pless addresses in particular the relationship of the sermon to the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper and contends for an understanding of the sermon itself as sacramental.

Likewise concerned with the liturgy, Australian professor John Kleinig's essay, "The Real Presence and Liturgical Preaching;" addresses the location of the sermon. He expounds on the implications of preachers carrying out their office ‘in Christ;’ ‘in the presence of God’. Preachers operating in the confidence of being Christ's instruments and standing in his presence may say what they say and do what they do in him and with him.

David Petersen likewise enquires into the place of preaching in the Mass and in the Lutheran tradition. In "The Preacher's Tongue and the Hearer's Ear: Compelled by the Spirit," the author engages not only a high view of the Holy Scriptures typical to Lutheranism, but also a high view the Holy Supper's place in the divine service. Petersen shows preaching to be holy speech, given and used by the Holy Spirit to create and sustain faith, and preachers to be endowed with an authority of which they need not be ashamed.

In his essay, "Gloomy Revelations or Comforting Doctrines," Finnish pastor Esko Murto addresses the practicality of the supposedly unpreachable doctrines of election, the bondage of the will, and original sin. He concedes the difficulty many modern Christians have in accepting the reality of each of these doctrines. He shows how a deepened understanding of these three teachings – as is present in the Lutheran tradition – in fact places them among the most useful tools available to the pastor in preaching and pastoral care.

The conviction that preaching is an art of applied pastoral care underlies Jeremiah Johnson's article, "Learning to Lament: Preaching to Suffering in the Lament Psalms." He shows that not only in a pragmatic American culture, but also in the church, suffering is seen as an obstacle to be overcome rather than a reality to be acknowledged and borne. In the lament psalms Johnson finds a divine but foreign grammar, in which Christians need tutoring – something, he argues, which begins at the pulpit.

Swedish pastor Jakob Appell explores the analogy of the preaching pastor as physician in his essay, "The Preacher as Physician for the Sick in Spirit." He orients himself closely on the understanding of a physician as one who is licensed by an authority; acts on behalf of that authority, and possesses both knowledge and skill in application. Appell zeroes in on the preaching task as that of diagnosis, prognosis, and medication.

German Pastor Daniel Schmidt, a long-time missionary in Botswana, shows his interest and expertise in twentieth-century North American homiletics while asking the very practical question of what makes a sermon a good sermon. In "Present Preaching," a play on words, in two sections, he evaluates these challenges within the context of North American homiletics. A good sermon is not judged chiefly by its content or delivery, but theologically by its foundation, that it is the living God who speaks in the sermon, and his Holy Spirit who assures that it accomplishes that for which it is intended.

In a treatment both systematic and immanently practical German pastor Gottfried Martens asks the question of how a preacher traverses "The Path from Text to Sermon" according to homiletical methods either exported from or directly learned in America. Walking readers through steps and pointing out a host of pitfalls between exegetical textual study and delivery, aiming to enhance the coherence, continuity, and hearability of sermons.

It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus. – Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel

Feasting in a Famine of the Word serves the preaching of the gospel, making a contribution to those who read and being met with the charity by preachers able to see our shortcomings and further the common efforts of all those who would faithfully proclaim Christ. The international and otherwise variegated backgrounds of the contributors is one of the strengths of the volume.

Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Channeling

Awakening of the Watchers: The Secret Mission of the Rebel Angels in the Forbidden Quadrant by Timothy Wyllie (Bear & Co.)

Writing together with Timothy Wyllie, Georgia – a rebel angel who took on the role of Watcher after the rebellion – in Awakening of the Watchers provides her personal account of Earth from 16,500 BC to 8,000 BC, a period that encompasses the first two eras of Atlantis.

Wyllie is a graphic artist and writer who specializes in the study of non-human intelligences, such as angels, ETs, and dolphins, after a near-death experience in 1973. He is the author of several books, including The Return of the Rebel Angels and Wisdom of the Watchers.

According to Awakening of the Watchers, after 200 millennia of celestial quarantine in the wake of Lucifer’s angelic revolt, Earth and the rebel angels isolated on Earth are being welcomed back into the benevolent and caring Multiverse. Georgia shares her experiences being present for the final disappearance of Lemuria and the loss of their spiritual system. She describes advanced Lemurian technology that was designed for the betterment of the Earth and its people, and was then lost, and the aggressive piracy of the Atlanteans, who preyed on the Lemurian survivors.

Detailing the three eras of Atlantis and how the island’s final destruction was in 1198 BC, Awakening of the Watchers explains the rise of Atlantis as a technological power. The book reveals the quarrels between the Pleiadians and the Sirians during this period and explores the myths of the Anunnaki, reputed to have arrived on Earth to mine for gold. Georgia interweaves her story with observations about Wyllie’s current and previous lives, focusing on his involvement with the Process Church as well as his experiences with bizarrely orchestrated orgies, psychometrics, and psychedelic culture in Europe in the 1970s.
Georgia shares this information, in part, to awaken some of the more than 100 million rebel angels currently living their human lives, most unaware of their angelic heritage and struggling with their sense of being different. She reveals how a mortal incarnation for a rebel angel is an opportunity to redeem the past and help prepare the way for the transformation of global consciousness now beginning.

Awakening of the Watchers is the latest masterpiece by the always inspiring Timothy Wyllie. This book expands you and compels the reader to go deeper into the mystery that is all around and within us. A captivating read that is hard to put down. – Paul Samuel Dolman, author of Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist’s Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha’s Vineyard
Timothy Wyllie’s
Awakening of the Watchers is a memoir of the dimensional ecology of the Lucifer Rebellion and the Process Church that creates a living dialogue between the New Earth density and we the reader – the individual soul – a bottom line in any Universe. – Alfred Lambremont Webre, author of The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars

Science / Medicine / Research

Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans by James S. Welsh (Prometheus Books)

In humans, there are rare instances of spontaneous cures of advanced cancers induced by radiation. An uncommon form of dwarfism called Laron syndrome confers total cancer immunity on the people who inherit the condition. And recent research suggests that cancer has stolen the secret that shields the embryo against hostile attacks from the mother’s immune system.
Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't explores new directions in cancer research focusing on the important role of the immune system in combating this dread disease. Integrating clues from the animal kingdom, the veterinary clinic, extraordinary human cases, and even embryology, the author, James S. Welsh – a cancer physician, biologist, and physicist – in Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't creates an account of tumor immunology and the promises of immunotherapy.
Welsh, MD, FACRO is professor, director of clinical and translational research, medical director of radiation oncology at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University – Chicago and chief of radiation oncology at the Edwards Hines Jr. VA Hospital, and researcher at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Therapy Center.

As Welsh explains, animals offer many tantalizing clues about the nature of cancer in humans. Tasmanian devils are on the verge of extinction due to a virulent form of contagious cancer; soft-shelled clams on the East coast of North America are vanishing due to another epidemic of contagious cancer; dogs also contract a contagious cancer but they spontaneously overcome it; and a type of mouse and the homely mole rat are not susceptible to the disease at all. 

Welsh says that we are now in the midst of a revolution in cancer immuno­therapy, but when he began writing Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't several years ago, there were few credible hints that any big breakthroughs were imminent. It was not obvious that the fascinating tales from the animal kingdom he was learning and writing about would prove to be medically relevant at all. While trying to understand spontaneous remissions of cancer and the abscopal phenomenon, he encountered some surprising and truly tantalizing clues from the strangest sources: tapeworms, elephants, sharks, dogs, clams and others play important roles in this amazing journey. He says beholding how Nature tangles with cancer brings him full circle – back to the cancer center, where today's exciting new immunotherapy is yielding unprecedented success for certain cancers.

Welsh in Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't makes a convincing case that what all of the diverse examples have in common is the immune system and its ability or inability to respond to malignancies. He concludes with a review of the exciting research on the human immune system and the development of new treatments that are inducing the immune system to combat and conquer even the deadliest cancers.

Fascinating! Once I started, I could not put this well-written and engaging book down. Welsh’s in-depth analysis and insights are highly commendable. This is a must-read whether you are a cancer survivor like I am or just an interested party. High praise. – James S. Bond, instructor of biological and physical sciences, Mid-State Technical College
Dr. Welsh’s science is meticulously researched and comprehensive, and his interspecies approach to cancer research and treatment makes this book a fascinating reading. – Dr. Thomas Beckett, retired veterinarian
A fascinating book that provides a hopeful key to unlocking many of the mysteries of cancer. It is a must-read for cancer patients and their family members. Dr. Welsh offers hope to all those battling cancer with his uniquely insightful research, and his work should be required reading for all healthcare professionals working to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. – Andrew Woods, cancer survivor and patient advocate
This book is fascinating…. I’m living proof that our own immune systems are the best cure. The chapter “The Dog Knows” is about something I experienced personally: In 2006, we got a puppy, and it would only lick the right side of my neck. Eight months later, I was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer, and the tumor was on the right side of my throat. I would suggest this book to anybody. There is a lot of valuable information here. – Brett Hudson, writer, producer, director, and stage IV throat cancer survivor
… As readers delve deeper, they quickly appreciate the author’s great gift for presenting significant and complex material through an engaging, thought-provoking, and down-to-earth style. Welsh easily draws the reader in, using illustrations and examples from the spectrum of our human experience to convey scientific principles – everything from pop culture, dinosaurs, astronomy, and human interest. I can’t wait for a television documentary based on this book! – Jeffrey P. Limmer, MEd, MSc, DABR, FAAPM, director, Medical Physics & Quality for the US Oncology Network, McKesson Specialty Health
A rollicking ride through the mysteries of cancer from an omnivorous mind…. All young cancer researchers should read this book for insight and inspiration. – Dr. Thomas Rockwell Mackie, emeritus professor of medical physics, human oncology, and engineering physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This is an amazing book. Using clear and witty writing, Dr. Welsh explores the scientific history of cancer like never before. With examples ranging from galaxies to dinosaurs, creepy mammals to disgusting sea creatures, and even particle physics, he weaves a story as good as any novel. And it comes together in a way that suggests a future cure for cancer. A must-read for anyone involved with cancer. – Norman Wallis, PhD, executive director, American College of Radiation Oncology

Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't is a fresh and fascinating exploration of new directions in cancer research, providing a compelling account of the promises of immunotherapy. Welsh helps readers see that the final product – an exciting and optimistic future for cancer immunotherapy – was strangely predictable. The clues to beating cancer have been right there, waiting for us to find them and logically piece them together. Searching far, wide, and deep, Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't brings those pieces together.

Sports & Entertainment

Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena by Steve Pantaleo (DK, W Books)

Life moves pretty fast here in WWE. I remember when I started, WWE was a very big part of my life. And then WWE became my life. It was by my choice. I wanted to give every single thing I have to each and every one of you, every time I stepped through these ropes. – John Cena

For over a dozen years, John Cena has been the undeniable cornerstone of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Revered by millions of ‘Cenation’ members worldwide, Cena is known for his tireless work ethic and countless accolades both in and out of the WWE ring. For the first time, in Hustle, Loyalty & Respect, his entire world is presented in one compendium. Readers get the detailed breakdown of all things Cena – from his quintessential matches, epic rivalries, fascinating character evolutions, and signature moves. Cena's legacy is unmatched by anyone in WWE's 50 year history, and now it is packed into over 250 full-color pages for his fans to enjoy.
Hustle, Loyalty & Respect includes an exclusive Cena wristband with embroidered logo. Coverage includes:

  • In-depth breakdowns of every key match in Cena's career, with profiles of the events and rivalries leading up to each clash.
  • The definitive guide to Cena's history and character – from his many different outfits, to his catch phrases, wrestling moves, and over-the-top entrances.
  • The values and influences that have shaped The Champ's career – his insane training regimens, passion for entertaining, and his unwavering commitment to his fans, his job and his code of ‘Hustle, Loyalty and Respect.’
  • Definitive career timeline, stats and breakdowns of his achievements in WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown, and various match types.

Author Steve Pantaleo has worked at WWE for over ten years and currently manages its global book publishing business, moonlighting as the author of WWE Books, drawing from historical knowledge gained as a lifelong fan.

In Hustle, Loyalty & Respect, readers hear from several WWE Superstars as well as the Cenation leader himself. They learn about the historical events that inspired him to become a WWE Superstar as well as the path he took to achieve his dream. They get in-depth commentary on several key matches, including every WrestleMania clash. Timelines provide the ultimate guide to Cena's rise through the WWE ranks while commentary (and input from Cenation itself) speculates on the best and the baddest Cena moments, even some that have yet to occur.

Readers see Cena as they have never seen him before in Hustle, Loyalty & Respect, a commemorative tribute to his career. They learn the origins of Cena's famous moves and expressions. They trace his evolution from Doctor of Thuganomics to decade-long figurehead of WWE. They relive his greatest battles, accomplishments, and milestones. From ‘ruthless aggression’ to fifteen-time World Champion and beyond, this visual chronicle covers all the bitter rivals, historic triumphs, epic matches, and definitive moments and memories.


Contents this Issue:

Time Lapse Photography, Long Exposure & Other Tricks of Time: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 1st edition by John Carucci (Peachpit Press)

Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil (ECW Press)

Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism by Jeff Gramm (HarperBusiness)

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, 1st edition by Alberto Cairo (New Riders)

Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples by Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder & Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (Visible Ink Press)

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns (Da Capo Press)

Bad Signs: A Thriller by R. J. Ellory (The Overlook Press)

Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller by Whitley Strieber (Alien Hunter Series: Tor Books)

Building Muscle and Performance: A Program for Size, Strength & Speed by Nick Tumminello (Human Kinetics)

Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects by Jeff Wilson (Model Railroad Scenery Series: Kalmbach Publishing Company)

The Creaky Knees Guide: Pacific Northwest National Parks & Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes by Seabury Blair Jr. (Sasquatch Books)

People Get Ready: The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols (Nation Books)

Occupational Therapy Interventions: Function and Occupations, 2nd edition by Catherine Meriano JD OTR/L & Donna Latella EdD OTR/L (Slack Incorporated)

Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice, 3rd edition by Richard P. Seiter (Pearson Higher Education)

Emotion, Aging, and Health edited by Anthony D. Ong and Corinna E. Löckenhoff (Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development (American Psychological Association)

Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy, 4th edition by Robert Rocco Cottone & Vilia Tarvydas (Springer Publishing Company)

God Is Not a Boy's Name: Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest by Lyn G. Brakeman (Cascade Books)

Feasting in a Famine of the Word: Lutheran Preaching in the Twenty-First Century edited by Mark W. Birkholz, Jacob Corzine, & Jonathan Mumme, with a foreword by Jonathan Fisk (Pickwick Publications)

Awakening of the Watchers: The Secret Mission of the Rebel Angels in the Forbidden Quadrant by Timothy Wyllie (Bear & Co.)

Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don't: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans by James S. Welsh (Prometheus Books)

Hustle, Loyalty & Respect: The World of John Cena by Steve Pantaleo (DK, W Books)