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August 2016, Issue #208

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Ocean Animals: Who's Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo, with an introduction by Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Children’s Books)

Dishing Up New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State by John Holl, photographed by Amy Roth, with a foreword by Augie Carton (Storey Publishing LLC)

Manly Food by Simon Cave (Quadrille Publishing)

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round by Ron Faiola (Agate Midway)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer – Audiobook, 2 MP3 Audio CDs, Unabridged, running time 13.5 hours by Walter Shapiro, narrated by Tom Perkins (Tantor Media)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro (Blue Rider Press)

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home by Natalie Livingstone (Ballantine Books)

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking)

A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating by Bob Richter, with photography by Ethan David Kent, and a foreword by Christopher Radko (Globe Pequot Press)

Customize Your Knitting: Adjust to fit; embellish to taste by Margaret Hubert (Creative Publishing International)

Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Offices in Germany by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich (New Comparative Politics Series: University of Michigan Press)

Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing, 1st edition by RuthAnne Kuiper PhD RN CNE ANEF, Daniel J. Pesut PhD RN PMHCNS-BC FAAN & Tamatha E. Arms DNP PMHNP-BC NP-C (Springer Publishing Company)

Option for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis, revised edition by Donal Dorr (Orbis Books)

Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel edited by Else K. Hold, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, & Andrew Mein, series editors Claudia V. Camp & Andrew Mein (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol 612: Bloomsbury T&T Clark)

The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 8 by Thomas Merton OCSO, edited by Patrick F. O'Connell, with a preface by James Finley (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

A Visual Walk through Genesis: Exploring the Story of How It All Began by Stephen M. Miller (Harvest House Publishers)

Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West by Taner Edis (Prometheus Books)

Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 CDs, Unabridged, running time 4 hrs 38 min by Tami Simon (Sounds True)

A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter (Thunder Bay Press)  

Reviews

Children’s Books / Ages 8-12 / Grade Level 3-7 / Outdoors & Nature

Ocean Animals: Who's Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo, with an introduction by Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Children’s Books)

As an undersea explorer and marine biologist, I have spent thousands of hours in the ocean. This book is a wonderful place to begin understanding the nature of the ocean – and knowing why it matters. – Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Fans of Disney Pixar's Finding Dory and Finding Nemo movies will love meeting the real underwater critters behind the films in Ocean Animals. From life in coral reefs, to sharks and rays, to sea birds, kids meet incredible sea-based animals in action, including the blue tang fish and clownfish. It's all captured with beautiful underwater photography and features information about the oceans – including fascinating facts, maps, and marine conservation tips and efforts.

In Ocean Animals young readers find:

  • Stunning underwater photography.
  • Vibrant coral reefs, colorful tropical fish, cute sea turtles, majestic whales, playful dolphins, and bizarre creatures of the deep.
  • Ways they can protect the ocean.

Author Johnna Rizzo in Ocean Animals asks kids to imagine what it must be like to be a dolphin, living in a realm of liquid space, listening to the whistles and clicks of nearby family members. Or what it's like to be a jellyfish, with 99 percent of its body made of water? Or how about a clam, hunkered down in a soft, sandy bottom, sipping plankton-filled water through a special tube, rather like drinking soup through a straw? They imagine living in the deep sea, beyond the reach of the sun's rays, lighting the way with the flash, sparkle, and glow emitted from one’s own body. It is obvious why all of these creatures need the ocean – it’s their home.

But what about humans? There can be water without life, but nowhere is there life without water, and 97 percent of Earth's water is in the ocean.

Like life in the sea, humans need the ocean, and the ocean needs them. Pollution, overfishing, and other things people have done to the sea are causing problems that dolphins, jellyfish, and clams can't solve. The good news is that humans can, and it starts with understanding the nature of the ocean – and knowing why it matters. Ocean Animals is a good place to begin.

Polar bears swimming underwater, colorful sea stars, luminescent fish, and bright coral reefs are just a few of the images sure to lure eager eyes…. The text is simple but provides enough information and fun facts that readers will walk away having learned something about their favorite aquatic animal – plus the larger trim size allows the images to shine. Spreads on ocean habitats, the Pristine Seas Project, and "20 Ways You Can Protect the Ocean" help to integrate ideas on conversation without being preachy or topical; the overall message is that humans will greatly benefit from the health of the oceans and their inhabitants. VERDICT: A lively offering for inspiring seafarers, in the standard National Geographic format, best for classroom use. – Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME

Striking photographs illustrate this collection of marine animals, a sampling of remarkable creatures that live in and around the ocean... Rizzo's information is conversationally delivered, accurate, and likely to appeal... it concludes with 20 sensible ways even landlocked readers can help protect the water world. A child-friendly invitation to dive in. – Kirkus

Readers go on an adventure under the sea with Ocean Animals, a beautiful, fact-filled and action-packed book, featuring all of their favorite ocean animals.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Dishing Up New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State by John Holl, photographed by Amy Roth, with a foreword by Augie Carton (Storey Publishing LLC)

New Jersey, aptly named the Garden State, is a hub of fresh produce of course, but it is also a cultural melting pot, representing a huge array of ethnic heritages and their food traditions. Readers take a trip ‘down the shore’ for funnel cake and oysters, or hit up a diner for a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich.

New Jersey native John Holl, a syndicated newspaper columnist, searched from Sussex County to Cape May to find the best recipes New Jersey has to offer, and the result is this cookbook celebrating the foods, flavors, cultures, and traditions of the Garden State. Holl combed New Jersey's 21 counties to find these mouthwatering recipes from beloved diners, boardwalks, food trucks, farm stands, and four-star restaurants. Italian, Puerto Rican, Polish, Chinese, and Indian flavors bubble up through the state's storied melting pot in this collection, rounded out by disco fries and funnel cake.

Dishing Up New Jersey includes 150 dishes featuring New Jersey’s own produce – tomatoes, corn, cranberries, blueberries, apples – along with deep-fried boardwalk treats, late-night diner bites, and recipes contributed by casinos, bison and dairy farms, old-school delis, and famous bakeries. Readers will find Pork Roll Surprise, Sautéed Ricotta Gnocchi, Cucumber Gazpacho, Ukrainian Holubtsi, Radish Bread, Dry Vegetarian Curry, Funnel Cake at Home, Tomato and Onion Salad, Thai Fish Cakes, Jersey Green Clam Chowder, Sunday Gravy, Saltwater Taffy, Traditional Amish Chili, Classic Lawrenceville Mac & Cheese, Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, Jersey Disco Fries, Jamaican Jerk Meatballs, Fresh Jersey Corn Cakes, Poached Chicken Meatballs in Pesto Cream, Honey Thyme Caramel, Black and Blue Cobbler – and a classic Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich.

Dishing Up New Jersey is the eighth book in the popular Dishing Up series.

Over decades of traversing the Garden State as a resident and reporter, I have dined at every exit. A toast to John Holl for taking the rest of you on this unique culinary circuit! From the Jersey Shore to Newark’s Ironbound, bon appétit! – Pat Battle, anchor of WNBC-TV’s Weekend Today in New York 
Finally some love for the Garden State! John Holl’s latest book is an homage to the diversity of New Jersey’s dining scene. Loaded with recommendations for eateries throughout the state, it also has a trove of recipes from many of those restaurants for the home cook to enjoy. –
Mike Colameco, host/producer of Mike Colameco’s Real Food
This book has completely whet my appetite. I know I am headed for glory with that stuffed French toast, and why not, a side of those hash browns. I can’t wait to try all these recipes in New Jersey, on a road trip.
– Pati Jinich, chef, TV host and author of Pati's Mexican Table and Mexican Today

With a focus on local produce, Dishing Up New Jersey is the ultimate tribute to New Jersey's best bites. New Jersey tourists, proud natives, and newcomers alike will enjoy these 150 dishes, beautifully photographed.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Manly Food by Simon Cave (Quadrille Publishing)

Manly Food is all about full-on food: the meaty, hearty, bold, adventurous, and downright greedy side of food. It is about no-holds-barred, all-guns-blazing, all-action cooking.

A book of strong and masculine flavors, Manly Food is a feast of quality recipes and instruction, designed to appeal to the tastes and interests of men. The 18 chapters are arranged by areas of interest, including Pure Meat, Manly Cocktails, Chili and Spice, also arranged by occasion, including Grill and Barbecue, Fast Food, TV Dinners, and Hangover Cures, giving readers a collection of recipes for entertaining crowds, finding an impressive menu for two, and how to cook the perfect burger. There are 200 recipes, and the book also contains a butchery guide as well as tips on building a barbecue from scratch and sharpening knives.

The author, Simon Cave, is a food writer and blogger. According to Cave, the first rule of manly food is Flavor First. The second rule of manly food is Flavor First. The third rule of manly food is Cook with Attitude. And the fourth rule of manly food is Respect your Tools.

1. & 2. Flavor First. It is often said that men only like to eat meat, and that they order steak in a restaurant predictably, every single time. But that is missing the point. Meat is just a reliable shortcut to flavor.

Manly Food is all about big, bold flavors that are still fighting. We're not going to pretend that salt and fat don't make things taste really good. And if a dish calls for a lot of chili, garlic, or funky fish sauce – if that's what it's meant to taste of – then that's what readers find there. None of the recipes have been toned down, filtered, softened, or homogenized. This book in the business of exploring, so alongside old favorites, readers will find plenty of unusual flavors and ingredients, too. No one should get too worried about adhering strictly to the recipe. Readers should trust their own judgment, and above all, have a playful approach to balancing flavors and ingredients.

3. Cook with Attitude. Cook without fear. Cooking should be a pleasure. If it isn't, the cook is doing it wrong.

Anyone can cook almost anything. There is nothing readers can't cook if they are reasonably organized, pay attention, and take their time. Planning and preparation are half the battle and 90 percent of the actual work.

4. Respect your Tools. Knives are the most important tools that allow cooks to make food. Cave advises readers to spend as much as they can afford on knives and buy the very best, since with knives, price is often an indicator of quality.

Manly Food is organized according to situation and taste, rather than the standard Beginning, Middle, and End approach to eating. This is partly to give expression to the many facets of Manliness, and also because few people eat in the traditional appetizer-entrée-dessert way any more. The idea is that readers can use the book in many ways to create a snack, a drink, or a multi-course feast.

Manly Food, the ultimate cookbook for men who love hearty food, includes 200 straightforward recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. The book inspires men to cook more often, and to use and enjoy the book in a spirit of fun and exploration.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Travel Guides

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round by Ron Faiola (Agate Midway)

Despite the chain restaurants that continue to dominate the culinary landscape, supper clubs across the Midwest are thriving today in many of the same ways as they have for the past 80 years. The term ‘supper club’ has even been borrowed recently by the burgeoning underground restaurant scene, which champions an upscale-yet-communal dining experience similar to that offered by traditional supper clubs.
The supper club experience originated more than 80 years ago in dance halls, roadhouses, and taverns across the country. After World War II, the supper club underwent a makeover, becoming a more family-oriented destination for an enjoyable, slow-paced evening. These clubs found a particularly strong foothold in Wisconsin, where remarkable portions of steak and seafood are almost always on the menu and Friday night means one thing: fish fry. Between the classic cocktails and the promise of hearty scratch cooking, it's not hard to see why supper clubs remain so popular with locals – and out-of-town travelers in the know.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, a sequel to Ron Faiola's wildly popular first book on the topic (now in its sixth printing), gives readers a peek inside 50 additional clubs from across the Badger State. Faiola, an author and filmmaker who has produced and directed numerous critically acclaimed documentaries, is the president and founder of Push Button Gadget Inc., which has been specializing in audio visual and business theater production for nearly 20 years.

Traveling from the Northwoods to Beloit, Faiola documents some of the most exceptional and long-lived restaurants that embrace the decades-old supper club tradition. These are largely family-owned establishments that believe in old-fashioned hospitality, slow-paced dining, and good scratch cooking. In Wisconsin Supper Clubs, readers will find interviews with supper club proprietors and customers as well as a bounty of photographs of classic dishes, club interiors, and other scenes from Faiola’s extensive travels.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round is an intimate look at this unique American tradition, one that invites supper club enthusiasts and newcomers alike to enjoy a second helping of everything that made Wisconsin Supper Clubs such a hit.

A mouthwatering tour of rarefied restaurants from another era that has me thinking of excursions northward. – Chicago Reader

The book … invites Wisconsin travelers to thumb through to see what supper club might be hiding in the next town, ready to welcome you with a smaile and delicious food. – Christian Science Monitor

Wisconsin Supper Clubs doesn't offer star ratings or dollar signs indicating how much a meal costs, but it does serve up a travel diary, which will be heartwarming to those who appreciate the nostalgia and comfort evoked by these establishments. The book shows why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin’s food culture.

History / Biographies & Memoirs

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer – Audiobook, 2 MP3 Audio CDs, Unabridged, running time 13.5 hours by Walter Shapiro, narrated by Tom Perkins (Tantor Media)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro (Blue Rider Press)

From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great-uncle – a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man – managed to cheat Hitler’s agents in the run-up to WWII.
All his life, journalist Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman were exaggerated family lore; Jewish revenge fantasies dreamed up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. Only when he started researching Freeman Bernstein’s life did he realize that his family was actually holding back – the man had enough stories, vocations, and IOUs to fill a dozen lifetimes. Freeman was many people: a vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card shark and self-proclaimed “Jade King of China.” But his greatest title, perhaps the only man who can claim such infamy, was as The Man Who Hustled Hitler.
A cross between The Night They Raided Minsky’s and Guys and Dolls, Bernstein’s life was itself an old New York sideshow extravaganza, one that Shapiro stages in Hustling Hitler. From a ragtag childhood in Troy, New York, Shapiro follows his great-uncle’s ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes on the burlesque circuit to marrying his star performer, May Ward, and producing silent films – released only in Philadelphia. All of Freeman’s cons and schemes were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West’s apartment in Hollywood.
The charge? Grand larceny – for cheating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government. In the capstone of his slippery career, Freeman had promised to ship thirty-five tons of embargoed Canadian nickel to the Führer; when the cargo arrived, the Germans found only huge, useless quantities of scrap metal and tin. It was a blow to their economy and war preparations – and Hitler did not take the bait-and-switch lightly.
In addition to chronicling the hokum and hustles of his conman great-uncle, Shapiro has covered every presidential campaign since 1980. A columnist at Roll Call, Shapiro is also a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and a lecturer in political science at Yale.

The audio version of the book is read by Tom Perkins, an award-winning audio engineer for over forty years, who has expanded his skills to narrating with more than 60 titles.

Hustling Hitler packs a real punch – a true story about a street smart New York promoter, whose activities seemed impossible to believe, but which are fully and carefully documented by Shapiro in this fascinating volume. – St. Louis Jewish Light

Told with cinematic verve and hilarious perspective, Hustling Hitler is Shapiro’s incredible investigation into the man behind the myth. By reconstructing his great-uncle’s remarkable career, Shapiro has transformed Freeman Bernstein from a barely there footnote in history to the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who forever changed it.

History / English / Manor Houses

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home by Natalie Livingstone (Ballantine Books)

For fans of Downton Abbey comes an immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion – The Mistresses of Cliveden.
The Cliveden estate overlooks the Thames, the mansion being flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens.

From its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government, Cliveden weathered renovation and restoration, world conflicts and cold wars, societal shifts and technological advances. Now, in The Mistresses of Cliveden, the manor’s current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking.
Livingstone began her career as a feature writer at The Daily Express and now contributes to Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, The Times, and The Mail on Sunday.

Built during the reign of Charles II by the Duke of Buckingham, Cliveden attracted notoriety as a luxurious retreat in which the duke could conduct his scandalous affair with the ambitious courtesan Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, Anna Maria’s cuckolded husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, challenged Buckingham to a duel. Buckingham killed Shrewsbury and claimed Anna Maria as his prize, making her the first mistress of Cliveden.
Through the centuries, other enigmatic and indomitable women would assume stewardship over the estate, including Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney and illicit lover of William III, who became one of England’s wealthiest women; Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied; Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, confidante of Queen Victoria and a glittering society hostess turned political activist; and the American-born Nancy Astor, the first female member of Parliament, who described herself as an ‘ardent feminist’ and welcomed controversy.
 As told in The Mistresses of Cliveden, the outraged headlines and lurid scoops of the Profumo Affair – as it came to be known – were nothing new. During its dawn in the 1660s as much as its twilight in the 1960s, Cliveden was an emblem of elite misbehavior and intrigue. Indeed the 350-year history of the house began when a powerful politician decided to build a secluded mansion in which to enjoy his affair with an ambitious courtesan. When Buckingham bought Cliveden in the 1660s, it comprised two modest hunting lodges set within 400 acres of land. Over the following decade, he transformed it, landscaping the gardens and constructing a magnificent house as a monument to his scandalous affair with the countess.

The estate sits just 5 miles upriver from Windsor Castle and fewer than 30 from the Palace of Westminster in London, a privileged location that would be crucial to the lives of its residents. Its outlines have changed little since the 17th century, and, then as now, Cliveden is one of England's most breathtaking landmarks. To the southwest, the grounds overlook the Thames from the tall chalk cliffs that give the site its name. At the top of the gardens, at the end of a long parterre, and raised to an even more imperious height by an arcaded terrace, stands the house itself, an elaborate Italianate mansion, flanked by two wings and approached by road from the north, down a long gravel drive.

According to Livingstone in The Mistresses of Cliveden, in April 2012 Cliveden became central to her life when her husband acquired the property. When it came into their possession it was no longer a private residence – Cliveden had been reincarnated as a university and a hospital, and latterly run as a hotel. But amid its faded charms there were clues everywhere to the past lives of the estate, most noticeably in the portraits of the house's former mistresses.

In the great hall hangs a portrait of Anna Maria, the original inspiration for the house, a courtesan much maligned in her own time and misunderstood by subsequent generations. Carved into the staircase is Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney, a formidable intellect, power-broker and long-time lover to Britain's conqueror of 1688, William III. Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the queen that Britain was promised and then denied in the middle of the 18th century, is immortalized in a painting over the grand staircase, while the fourth mistress, Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, a glittering society hostess and the closest confidante of Queen Victoria, presides over the dining room. Finally, hanging beside the fireplace in the great hall is John Singer Sargent's portrait of Nancy Astor – Cliveden's last great mistress, Britain's first female Member of Parliament, and one of the most controversial and colorful women in British political history.

The struggles and sacrifices of these women, their juggling of outer image and inner life, are familiar and universal. Their privileges, however, were extraordinary. It is from their elite viewpoint that The Mistresses of Cliveden narrates the tumultuous events of the last three centuries: Restoration and Glorious Revolution, aristocratic rise and fall, two world wars and the Cold War. Along the way there are tales of fanaticism and fashion, of censorship, disease, slavery and the unlikely correlation between gardening and warfare.

As well as being a story about women and power, The Mistresses of Cliveden is also the biography of a house. Conceived by Stuart aristocracy, Cliveden later served as a counter-court during the power struggles of the Hanoverian dynasty, and in the 19th century became a crucible for a new brand of liberal politics, while continuing to offer a safe haven for royalty. With the decline of aristocratic wealth, it was one of the first houses to be bought up by American money, and in the later 20th and 21st centuries, it has become part of a new commercial order in which Livingstone and her husband – Jewish and self-made – play their part. Throughout the narrative Cliveden itself remains central – the constant character and a defining presence in the lives of all these women. For more than three centuries, the house provided opportunity and authority to women; in return, successive mistresses shaped the house, transforming both its architectural appearance and its social role.

While these women's biographies reflect the gender politics of their times, their story is not a simple one of progress towards emancipation and equality. Nancy Livingstone, in the 20th century, was more financially reliant on her husband than Elizabeth Villiers was in the 17th. In the early 19th century Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, watched from the balcony of the Lords as an act passed into law that would formally prevent women from participating in parliamentary elections – a privilege that had been enjoyed by women burgesses in the Tudor period. The life of each mistress is a dance of progress and reaction, of old and new. In this way, the biographies are not dissimi­lar from the house itself, where past and present are woven together.

An utterly fascinating and completely beguiling account of three centuries of high living, high politics, and high drama at one of Britain’s most famous stately homes. A page-turner from start to finish, it’s history with all the good stuff left in. – Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire
A wonderful voyage through the fascinating history of Cliveden – this is a brilliant book full of gripping personalities and beautiful detail. – Kate Williams, author of Ambition and Desire
Well-researched, well-written and narratively enthralling ... Romance, sex, scandal and political intrigue have been central to the history of the house for more than three centuries and Mrs. Livingstone ... has chronicled it all with scholarship, readability, wit and a fine eye for telling detail. – Evening Standard
[A] wide-ranging and deliciously enjoyable biography of one of England’s grandest country houses... Livingstone interweaves the huge panorama of three centuries of British history.... But at the heart of the book, the seductive power of the house itself affects each generation of women. – The Telegraph
Her scholarship is considerable and yet she wears it lightly, producing a book which is always lively, entertaining and immensely readable. – Daily Express

Rich in historical and architectural detail, The Mistresses of Cliveden is a tale of sex and power, and of the exceptional women who evaded, exploited, and confronted the expectations of their times. Though their privileges were extraordinary, in Livingstone’s hands, the struggles and sacrifices of the mistresses of Cliveden are universal.

History / US / American Revolution

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking)

From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army, the largest in the world. Three weeks later, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British.

Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity, evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold, who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion.

Author Nathaniel Philbrick also presents a controversial and dramatic portrait of the American people in crisis. Many readers will be surprised to learn that the Revolution was a period in which the greatest threat to America came not from the British but from the country's own citizens, who showed more interest in fighting each other than the enemy. The Revolution was a near civil war, with bloody confrontations that were more about settling old grudges against hated neighbors than liberty and freedom.

Philbrick brings his mastery of narrative to a tumultuous time in the Revolution. Moving beyond the storied victories at Trenton and Princeton and the ordeal of the Continental army at Valley Forge, he shows how the injuries Arnold suffered at the Battle of Saratoga set Washington's greatest fighting general on the road to treason.

During the same period, Washington came to embrace the full scope of leadership. Valiant Ambition tracks the messy collision of military and political goals and shows how the deep divisions among the American people posed a greater threat to their cause than the British army. In a new country wary of tyrants, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enabled him to recognize the war that really mattered. In his treason, Arnold may actually have saved America.

Philbrick's deep scholarship, nuanced analysis, and novelistic storytelling add up to another triumph. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
A lively account of our Revolutions’ most reviled figure. – Kirkus Reviews

Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age – a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head. – Boston Globe
Clear and insightful, it consolidates his reputation as one of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction. – Wall Street Journal

Philbrick is both a meticulous historian and a captivating storyteller. The book has unforgettable novelistic details [and] also contains much astute historical analysis and argument. Philbrick sees Arnold not as the man who almost lost the war so much as the catalyst that helped to win it. – Christian Science Monitor

Benedict Arnold takes center stage in Nathaniel Philbrick’s vivid and in some ways cautionary tale of the Revolutionary War. The near-tragic nature of the drama hinges not on any military secrets Arnold gave to the British but on an open secret: the weakness of the patriot cause…. Arnold’s betrayal still makes for great drama, proving once again that the supposed villains of a story are usually the most interesting. – New York Times Book Review
Philbrick wants his readers to experience the terror, the suffering and the adrenaline rush of battle, and he wants us to grit our teeth at our early politicians who, by their pettiness and shortsightedness, shape military events as profoundly as generals and admirals do. Finally, he reveals the emotional and physical cost of war on colonial society. He succeeds on all fronts. – Washington Post
Philbrick has the ability to take seemingly dry facts of history and turn them into exciting prose. The players come alive and their motivations are clear. The people he chronicles are legends, so revealing to the reader what makes them human, foibles and all, helps make sense of the events that transpired and why they acted the way they did. – Associated Press
An engrossing narrative of the war’s most difficult years... Philbrick argues that the quarrelsome, divided Americans needed Arnold’s perfidy as much as they did Washington’s greatness to unify their new nation. He pushes aside the patriotic myth to unveil the war’s messy reality – and it’s still a rousing adventure. – BookPage

Valiant Ambition crackles with urgency and human drama fueled by issues of loyalty and integ­rity. By intertwining the stories of Washington and Arnold, Philbrick has crafted a Shakespearean tragedy revealing the dark path America traveled during its revolution. This is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles / Holidays

A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating by Bob Richter, with photography by Ethan David Kent, and a foreword by Christopher Radko (Globe Pequot Press)

A Very Vintage Christmas embodies the nostalgia and sentimentality associated with the holiday season. Vintage ornaments, lights, decorations, cards and wrapping all conjure up happy memories of Christmases past and serve as tangible mementos of holidays shared with family and friends. In fact, finding these objects, decorating with them and sharing them with others brings a feeling of comfort and joy. Coupled with photographs, tips on collecting, and secret shopping haunts, A Very Vintage Christmas offers a 360-degree look at holiday décor in America and gives suggestions on how to make vintage finds work for today’s audience. While each chapter is unique, there is a common thread that runs through them all: the love of beautiful holiday decorations and the interest in their history, value, and preservation.

The author, Bob Richter, an antiques dealer and interior designer, is an international flea market expert, the host of Flea Market Minute, and a correspondent for the Huffington Post. Richter in A Very Vintage Christmas writes about his adventures in flea markets and antiquing the world over. For Richter, flea markets are like giant movable department stores. He adds that dealers naturally love art and history and will enthusiastically share their knowledge with readers. To the curious at heart, learning about the who, what, when, where, and how of their purchases opens up unimaginable new vistas to stories of forgotten craftsmanship, faraway places and long-past times.

Richter's discovered that anyone can take anything old, and make it new and relevant to life again. No one has to rely just on what's cookie cutter new at the big box mall. Not when there's a world of lost beauty ready to be reclaimed. Shopping flea markets is the ultimate ‘green’ endeavor, plus it means shopping local, both support the community.

For most families, the Christmas tree is a family diary. It's a focal point for connection between events and people. Ornaments, and actually all our holiday decorations, are memory makers, connecting us to the people and the moments of our lives.

At Christmastime the inner child has a chance to awaken – and to not be judged for embodying all of the things the years often take away. Decorating a tree; shopping for presents; singing Christmas carols – sometimes these activities, when shared with loved ones, help adults to exercise emotional muscles like joy and wonder that kids get to exercise every day. Christmas is the time when the inner child can come out to play, and to enjoy the many gifts that are all around us.

A Very Vintage Christmas grew out of Richter’s own passion for collecting holiday decor. He says his collection grows each year, but the basic foundation was laid when he was a young boy. Many begin their collecting by expanding on a box of family ornaments, or some go out looking for the kind of ornaments their families had, but have long ago discarded.

This mirthful book shows readers how Richter makes magic with vintage Christmas, and it is a joy to read. A Very Vintage Christmas helps everyday collectors and enthusiasts to build their own collection and offers tips on how to make the most of what they’ve got.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Knitting

Customize Your Knitting: Adjust to fit; embellish to taste by Margaret Hubert (Creative Publishing International)

Are you a classic rectangle, a triangle, an inverted triangle, or an hourglass?

Designers have to create knitting patterns in standard sizes, but very few people actually match up to those ‘average’ measurements. Body shapes vary, weight fluctuates, and good fit means different things to different people; so what is a knitter to do?

In Customize Your Knitting, Margaret Hubert teaches readers how to adjust patterns to fit their unique measurements. Through techniques that Hubert has used for years to teach classes on custom fitting, readers can learn to adjust patterns for a perfect fit for themselves or someone else, and yarn shop instructors can use the book to teach classes for their customers.

Hubert, the author of more than 20 crochet and knitting books, has enjoyed a lifelong career designing both crochet and knit patterns for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers. As Hubert explains, fit is just one part of customizing a garment. Maybe readers would like that neckline a little higher, or they would like a little flare to the sleeves. How about adding subtle shaping to the waist on a boxy but otherwise perfect sweater pattern? How about adding a polo-style button placket to that plain crew-neck sweater? Or adding a sporty buttoned pocket to a sleeve for carrying an iPhone?

Diagrams and illustrations throughout Customize Your Knitting will help knitters understand body shapes and easily compare measurements. Garment construction, specific increases, decreases, and other shaping methods, as well as finishing techniques and embellishments are all explained and photographed clearly. The book is ‘flexibound’ to lie flat.

In the first section of Customize Your Knitting, Customize the Fit, readers find instructions for four different sweaters. Each sweater uses a different stitch pattern, and each stitch pattern has a different degree of difficulty. The original instructions are written to fit the Classic Rectangle body type, and guidance is given for how to adjust the patterns to fit different body types. Once readers learn the concept, they can apply it to most patterns. The examples in Customize Your Knitting are both cardigans and pullovers. In the section Professional Finishes, they learn methods for finishing their projects that will give them a neat, flawless look. Aside from the fit, there are often features in patterns that we might like to change or details we might like to add. In Stylish Embellishments, readers find ways to embellish their work, add pockets, or change closures to make their projects truly their own creations.

Customize Your Knitting is a guide that helps knitters knit garments to fit their measurements and their style, then expertly finish them so they will be proud to wear them. With this guide, it's easy to add personal style with Hubert's tips and end their sweater knitting frustrations forever.

Politics / Gender Studies

Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Offices in Germany by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich (New Comparative Politics Series: University of Michigan Press)

Since the 1970s, quotas for female political candidates in elections have proliferated worldwide. Beyond increasing the numbers of women in high-level elected bodies and, thereby, women's political representation, advocates claim that quotas foster gender-equal participation in democracy and create female role models. According to this reasoning, quotas also overcome barriers to women's political participation, especially discriminatory practices in the selection of electoral candidates. Though such claims have persuaded policy makers to adopt quotas, little empirical evidence exists to verify their effects.

In Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation, Louise K. Davidson-Schmich employs a pathbreaking research design to assess the effects of gender quotas on all phases of political recruitment. Davidson-Schmich is Associate Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Miami. Drawing on interviews with, and an original survey of, potential candidates in Germany, she investigates the extent to which quotas and corresponding increases in women's descriptive representation have resulted in similar percentages of men and women joining political parties, aspiring to elected office, pursuing ballot nominations, and securing selection as candidates. She also examines the effect of quotas on discriminatory selection procedures.

Ultimately, Davidson-Schmich argues, quotas' intended benefits have been only partially realized. Quotas give women greater presence in powerful elected bodies not by encouraging female citizens to pursue political office at rates similar to men's, but by improving the odds that the limited number of politically ambitious women who do join parties will be elected. She concludes Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation with concrete, original policy recommendations for increasing women's political participation.

According to Davidson-Schmich in the introduction, despite the changing global norms and the increase in women's descriptive representation, men still remain overrepresented in almost every country. As a result of a growing concern about women's political under-representation, policymakers in countries as diverse as France, Argentina, Taiwan, and Rwanda have adopted gender quotas for elective office as a way to facilitate women's political participation. Quotas take various shapes including the creation of special seats reserved for women, formal electoral laws regarding the sex of candidates, and – the focus of Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation – voluntary commitments made by political party organizations.

An extensive body of research on cases from around the world confirms that if properly designed and implemented, even voluntary party quotas can indeed increase the percentages of women in elective office. However, little empirical evidence exists of whether or not quotas' goals of gender-equal participation in the democratic process, creating role models, and overcoming discrimination have actually been met.

In order to determine whether quotas' goals have been fully met, researchers must examine all the steps on the road to becoming an elected official when quotas are in place, examining who obtains the qualifications needed to run for elective office in a given democracy, which qualified individuals in turn aspire to elective office, which of these politically ambitious citizens are selected to appear on the ballot, and who among them is ultimately elected by the voters. To date, however, most investigations of quotas begin at the candidate or elected official stage, rather than earlier in the political recruitment process. As a result, while we do know that quotas can increase the numbers of women in elective office, we do not understand how this increase occurs.

Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation therefore departs from conventional practice and introduces a new method of studying the impact of quotas by systematically examining every phase of candidate recruitment in a setting where some – but not all – political parties employ gender quotas to select their candidates. Davidson-Schmich argues that quotas have succeeded in some, but not all, of their goals and additional changes are needed to more fully achieve gender-equal participation in democracy.

Quotas are expected to have only limited effects early in the recruitment process, exerting but a partial sway on women's propensities to become eligibles and aspirants. These expectations are tested empirically in Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation using two original sources of data collected by the Davidson-Schmich: a mail survey sent to over one thousand members of the German candidate pool and 41 semi-structured interviews conducted in person with potential candidates in Germany. The Candidate Interest Survey (CIS) targeted eligibles – political party members playing leadership roles at the grassroots level.

Precincts were randomly selected from within five representative German Länder: Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern, Bremen, Hamburg, and Nordrhein-Westfalen. Within each precinct, a survey was sent to the highest-ranking male and the highest-ranking female member of the executive board of the Green, CDU or CSU, FDP, and SPD branch organizations. Davidson-Schmich supplements her original data with translations of German-language sources including academic studies, government and party docu­ments, and media reports.

She investigates the mechanisms linking gender quotas and women's repre­sentation in elected bodies as follows. Chapter 1 provides some empirical background information about German parties' voluntary gender quotas and women's descriptive representation, the country's recruiting environment, and its party-loyalist recruitment structures. Drawing on the Candi­date Information Survey and German-language research, chapter 2 compares the percentages of men and women joining German political parties and ascending to the leadership positions that render them eligible to run for elective office. This chapter further takes an intersectional approach, comparing the demographic traits of the women and men who do join parties and become eligibles to the underlying German population. Chapter 3 then draws on personal interviews and the CIS to measure political ambition among eligibles, depicting males' and females' propensity to become aspirants for various elective offices. Using the same sources, chapter 4 delves into the behavior of party gatekeepers, studying both their inclina­tion to ask women and men to run for elective office and the extent of their attempts to identify and prepare promising female party members for candidacies. Chapter 5 deploys CIS data to compare men's and women's experiences in seeking and receiving a ballot nomination and the relative frequency with which male and female eligibles are elected to public office. Chapter 6 summarizes Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation's empirical and methodological contributions and concludes by making both policy recommendations and suggestions for future research.

Davidson-Schmich contributes valuable new insight on the effects of opportunity structures, motivations, and environmental contexts. – Elisabeth Prugl, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

The book is no less than a breakthrough in the empirical study of gender politics. – Gideon Rahat, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The pathbreaking research in Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation suggests that quotas should have an impact on women’s substantive representation. Those underrepresented tend to be the voices of immigrant, poor, or less educated women, single mothers and those employed in the private sector. Voluntary party quotas have done much to improve women’s participation in democracy, created female role models and increased the prospects of representation for many women. However, more than quotas will be required to create gender equality throughout the democratic political recruitment process.

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

Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing, 1st edition by RuthAnne Kuiper PhD RN CNE ANEF, Daniel J. Pesut PhD RN PMHCNS-BC FAAN & Tamatha E. Arms DNP PMHNP-BC NP-C (Springer Publishing Company)

 Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing describes an innovative model for helping advanced practice nursing (APRN) students develop the clinical reasoning skills required to navigate complex patient care needs and coordination in advanced nursing practice. This model, the Outcome-Present-State-Test (OPT), encompasses a clear, step-by-step process that students can use to learn the skills of differential diagnosis and hone clinical reasoning strategies. This method facilitates understanding of the relationships among patient problems, outcomes, and interventions that focus on promoting patient safety and care coordination. It moves beyond traditional ways of problem solving by focusing on patient scenarios and stories and juxtaposing issues and outcomes that have been derived from an analysis of patient problems, evidence-based interventions, and desired outcomes.

The model offers a blueprint for using standardized health care languages and provides strategies for developing reflective and complex thinking that becomes habitual. It embodies several levels of perspective related to patient-centered care planning, team-centered negotiation, and health care system considerations. Through patient stories and case scenarios, the text highlights care coordination strategies critical in complex patient situations. It provides students with the tools to collect patient information, determine priorities for care, and test interventions to reach health care outcomes by making clinical judgments during the problem-solving process. Concept maps illustrate complex patient care issues and how they relate to each other. For faculty use, Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing provides links to relevant APN competencies and provides guidelines for using the OPT when supervising students in field settings.

Key features of Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing include:

  • Delivers a concrete learning model for developing creative thinking and problem solving in the clinical setting.
  • Offers a blueprint and structure for using standardized health care languages.
  • Includes patient stories and case scenarios to illustrate effective use of the OPT model.
  • Highlights care coordination strategies associated with complex client situations with the use of the Care Coordination Clinical Reasoning (CCCR) model.
  • Reinforces methods of reaching a diagnosis, outcomes, and interventions and how to duplicate the process.

Authors of Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing are RuthAnne Kuiper, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Professor of Nursing in the Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership; and Tamatha E. Arms, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C, assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Resources for instructors include:

  • Care Coordination Clinical Reasoning (CCCR) Systems Model Tool Kit for faculty.
  • Question Tutorial to prompt clinical reasoning as well as thinking strategies, definitions, and outcomes used with OPT and CCCR Models.
  • Outcome-Present State Test (OPT) and CCCR Model worksheets.
  • Sample Syllabus and Study Questions with student activities listed by chapter.
  • PowerPoints for all chapters, including a Faculty Guide for field instruction.
  • Annotated Bibliography for Testing Clinical Reasoning Strategies.
  • Additional Online Web Resources for faculty.

Resources for students include:

  • CCCR Systems Model Tool Kit for students.
  • CCCR Systems Model student case studies.
  • Questions to determine patient and fancily perceptions of essential care coordination needs.
  • Glossary of Terms.

The purpose of Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing is to introduce an innovative model of care coordination clinical reasoning that builds on past work with the Outcome-Present State-Test (OPT) model of reflective clinical reasoning. It includes contemporary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to work effectively as a member of an inter-professional care team in the current health care arena.

The OPT model has been described as a third-generation nursing process model that responds to the need for patient-centered nursing care coordination challenges. The OPT model provides a structure and process for using standardized nursing terminology and supports the development of critical, creative systems and complex-thinking skills. The OPT model reinforces the need for clinical thinking to move away from a traditional problem-solving nursing process and focus on outcome specification and the development of clinical judgments. The model supports the development of a systems-thinking mindset related to the complexities associated with caring for patients and families with multiple competing health care needs.

In Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing the fundamental aspects of the OPT model of clinical reasoning are explained and linked to care coordination challenges at several levels – those related to patient-centered care planning, team-centered negotiation, and service or health care system considerations. Part I sets the stage and argues that care coordination clinical reasoning is a derivative of contemporary policy, practice, and competency expectations. The authors underscore the importance and value of knowledge complexity and nursing knowledge work and relate the use of standardized terminology to care coordination clinical reasoning efforts.

Chapter 1 discusses the social and practice changes in nursing that influence the thinking strategies and skills that are needed for competent practice in inter-professional teams for care coordination. Chapter 2 reviews nursing informatics, topics of knowledge complexity, and standardized nursing terminology as foundational to clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice. Chapter 3, traces the history and evolution of the nursing process and describe some of the essential thinking strategies associated with effective clinical reasoning. Chapter 4 introduces readers to the Care Coordination Clinical Reasoning (CCCR) model and discusses some of the distinctions, system dynamics, and relationship issues that emerge when health care team members have different points of view with regard to care coordination. Navigating and negotiating competing values and understanding the value exchange between and among members of the health care team provide insights and strategies related to care coordination efforts. Realizing that clinicians filter, frame, and focus on different disciplinary perspectives helps the advanced practice clinician understand how diagnoses and nursing care issues are related. Chapter 5 builds on the development of the CCCR model and propose ways to master the self-regulating thinking skills that enable effective care coordination.

Advanced practice clinicians will find Part II to be of interest. In this section, a series of case studies illustrates how the CCCR model is activated and applied across the life span and in a number of health care contexts. Cases across the health care continuum related to primary care, acute care, rehabilitative care, and long-term care are presented with patient scenarios that are in need of care coordination. Each case unfolds with attention to the distinction and relationships between nursing care domains and International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 medical diagnoses. Patient-centered, team-centered, and service-centered systems thinking clinical reasoning skills are illustrated with reasoning webs that help pinpoint keystone issues and frame important care coordination dynamics among members of the inter-professional team as these relate to practice issues, interventions, outcomes, and value exchange. Through the use of CCCR model webs, team members can visualize important relationships between and among the essential elements of the CCCR model: needs assessment, medical care services and testing, coaching, and education. As the team engages in activity planning, members are able to attend to an individualized plan of care that focuses on monitoring safety needs and evaluating the capacity, resources, and skills that patients need in service of self-management.

Part III of Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing summarizes the benefits of the CCCR model and suggests future evolution and development of the model. The need for health care team members to develop competencies related to ongoing innovations is discussed. The value of data science to support future developments in nursing knowledge work is proposed. The trends and models discussed in the book imply that ongoing analysis and evaluation are in place to determine whether outcomes are being achieved by both the advanced practice nurse who is coordinating care and the patient who is the recipient of that care. Potential research questions related to the ongoing study of the CCCR model are recommended.

Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing teaches students how to think like an advanced practice nursing clinician (APRN). APRNs and nurse educators will find value in the innovative CCCR model taught in the book as nurses continue to lead and influence care coordination activities into the future.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology / Ethics / Ecology

Option for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis, revised edition by Donal Dorr (Orbis Books)

Here is a new edition of a classic text, including insights into Pope Francis' Encyclical.

Donal Dorr in Option for the Poor and for the Earth focuses on Catholic social teaching and economic equality in this expanded and revised edition of a text long recognized as a classic. Throughout, Dorr appreciates the decided strengths of Catholic social teaching but is also ready to point out its inconsistencies and weaknesses. In addition to his classic treatments of church documents from the century and a half of Catholic social teaching that began with Rerum Novarum in 1870, Dorr adds his magisterial take on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, and the new encyclical on ecology. Dorr is a theologian and missionary priest who has served as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and as a resource person for the Irish Missionary Union.

According to Dorr, in the four years since the previous edition of Option for the Poor and for the Earth was published in 2012 there has been a notable change in the emphasis and tone of official Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis became pope early in 2013. From the very beginning of his pontificate he called for a poor church at the service of poor and excluded people – and in his own actions and lifestyle he made it clear that for him this was no empty formula. His actions, his speeches and documents, and his off-the-cuff comments all show that he is committed to making an option for the poor in a quite radical and even dramatic manner. He is more blunt and uncompromising than previous popes in his challenge to the present exploitative and unsustainable model of economic development. Furthermore, he insists strongly on the close link between concern for the fragile Earth and concern for poor and vulnerable people, insisting repeatedly that the first and main victims of climate change are the poor. And he is the first pope to devote an encyclical to the topic of ecology. So his is an option not just for the poor but also for the Earth.

For these reasons it seems appropriate, even necessary, to issue a newly revised and expanded edition of Option for the Poor and for the Earth rather earlier than would normally be the case. In the present edition Dorr has added two new chapters (chapters 19 and 20) devoted to the teaching of Pope Francis. The first of the new chapters gives an account of Francis's teaching on justice and the poor, as well as on actions by him which lend credibility to what he has written and said. The second new chapter offers an account of his teaching on ecology in the first two years of his papacy and then more extensively in his ecology encyclical, Laudato Si', adding a commentary and evaluation of this major document. Dorr also provides a major revision and expansion of the final chapter. In addition, he has made some changes and updates to the text of earlier chapters, mainly to take account of recent studies that were not available in 2012 when the previous edition was published. The primary bibliography has been extended to include details of the documents and statements of Pope Francis and other relevant recent material. In order to ensure that the book would not become unduly long, some of the chapters of the previous edition have been shortened, summarizing some of the less significant material in them.

Dorr is masterly in combining careful and subtle analysis with inspirational and challenging engagement. He is scholarly and academic without ever being bland or detached. This is an eminently accessible, enlightening, and stimulating book. – Gerry O'Hanlon, S.J. Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (Dublin) and Trinity College Dublin

This is a clear, accessible and passionate reference work for Catholics concerned with social and environmental justice. The nuanced additions concerning Pope Francis' writ­ings show promising developments in Catholic social teaching, especially with regard to ecological issues. – Kristien Justaert, author, Theology after Deleuze

This revised edition of Option for the Poor and for the Earth is magisterial. Donal Dorr's astute, sympathetic, yet critical analysis of Catholic Social Teaching shows its continuities from Leo XIII to Pope Francis and addresses the unique strengths of the tradition, as well as areas which need further development. No better source on Catholic social teaching can be found in any language! – John A. Coleman, S.J., editor, Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Present Crisis, Future Hope

Option for the Poor and for the Earth is not just for scholars and students but also for those fellow workers and for people like them in many parts of the world – Christians who feel called to work for justice and who turn to church social teaching for inspiration and for guidance about how to answer the call.

Religion & Spirituality / Biblical Studies

Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel edited by Else K. Hold, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, & Andrew Mein, series editors Claudia V. Camp & Andrew Mein (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol 612: Bloomsbury T&T Clark)

Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel share much in common. They address the pivotal times and topics associated with the last stages of the monarchical history of Israel, and with the development of new forms of communal and religious life through exile and beyond. One important structural component of all three books is a substantial section which concerns itself with a range of foreign nations, commonly called the “Oracles against the Nations” (OAN), which form the focus of Concerning the Nations.

These chapters together present the most up-to-date scholarship on the oracles – an oft-neglected but significant area in the study of the prophetic literature. The particular characteristics of Isaiah, Jeremiah (both Masoretic Text and Septuagint versions), and Ezekiel, are discussed, showcasing the unique issues pertinent to each book and the diverse methods used to address them. These evident differences aside, the Oracles Against the Nations are employed as a springboard in order to begin the work of tracing similarities between the texts. By focusing on these unique yet common sections, a range of interrelated themes and issues of both content and method become noticeable: for example, though not exhaustively, pattern, structure, language, comparative history, archaeology, sociology, politics, literature, imagery, theme, theology, and hermeneutical issues related to today's context.

Editors of Concerning the Nations are Else K. Holt, Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Society at the University of Aarhus, Denmark; Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Williams Chair of Biblical Studies, Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio; and Andrew Mein, Tutor in Old Testament at Wescott House, Cambridge, also series editor of The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, of which this volume is a part. The volume has 16 contributors. This project was originally inspired by the joint sessions of the Isaiah and Jeremiah groups at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meet­ing in 2010.

The three musketeers of the prophetic literature – Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel – share a wealth of key themes. These provide common ground between the books, such as the prophetic call, the divine indictment against callous leaders, the admonition to uphold the Torah, prophetic involvement in religio­political power struggles, the proclamation of repentance, the legacy of the prophet's persona, and the visionary announcement of a new era. Even if the individual treatments of these themes differ substantially from book to book, it seems no accident that they stand next to one another in the canon.

One important structural component of all three books is a substantial section which concerns itself with a range of foreign nations. Whether "Oracles against the Nations" is really the most helpful designation has been discussed from time to time, since these oracles are not uniformly negative about the fate of the nations, even if the typical tone is one of judgment. English struggles to make such useful compound words as Fremdvolkerwort or Fremdvolkerspruch, and we are left in need of a preposition: ‘against’ works much of the time, but might helpfully be replaced (or joined) by the more neutral ‘about’ or ‘concerning’. The title of Concerning the Nations thus represents something of a compromise.

The volume itself presents twelve essays on this oft-neglected but significant area in the study of the prophetic literature. The book presents the uniqueness of the diverse contents of each prophetic book. Both the topics investigated and the interpretive approaches are multifaceted. Readers will discover how each prophetic book displays its own unique issues and thereby invites diverse methods to address them. Amid the evident differences, these three books share common themes, and the OAN sections are a good place to begin the work of tracing similarities.

Aside from one comparative essay, the comparative work has to be done by readers. The material presented in these articles will encourage further inter-prophetic readings in the years to come. The `Foreword' and the concluding response take the first steps toward correlating the diverse issues in the volume, and offer new and inviting perspectives on the themes of the essays.

Concerning the Nations presents a range of cutting-edge approaches on these key prophetic books, and will provide a basis for further comparative study and reflection. The common ground between the major prophets makes bringing Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel into conversation with one another worthwhile in its own right.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 8 by Thomas Merton OCSO, edited by Patrick F. O'Connell, with a preface by James Finley (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

The conferences in The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology, presented by Thomas Merton to the novices at the Abbey of Gethsemane in 1963-1964, focus mainly on the life and writings of his great Cistercian predecessor, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). Guiding his students through Bernard’s Marian sermons, his treatise On the Love of God, his controversy with Peter Abelard, and above all his great series of sermons on the Song of Songs, Merton reveals why Bernard was the major religious and cultural figure in Europe during the first half of the twelfth century and why he has remained one of the most influential spiritual theologians of Western Christianity from his own day until the present.

The one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth was celebrated in 2015. Merton (1915–1968) was a Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, social critic, and pioneer of inter-religious dialogue, a seminal figure of twentieth-century American Christianity.

The book is edited by Patrick F. O'Connell, professor of English and theology at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. A founding member and former president of the International Thomas Merton Society, he edits The Merton Seasonal and is coauthor of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia.

As James Finley writes in his preface to The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology, “Merton is teaching us in these notes how to be grateful and amazed that the ancient wisdom that shimmers and shines in the eloquent and beautiful things that mystics say is now flowing in our sincere desire to learn from God how to find our way to God.” Finley says that we are fortunate to have access to these notes that Merton made for the conferences he presented to the novices at the Abbey of Gethsemane. For him, reading these notes awakens fond memories of being a novice at the monastery, listening to Merton speak from the notes in The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology.

Merton gave conferences to the novices during the week in the small novitiate library. On Sunday afternoons, before vespers, he would give a conference in the community chapter room. All the novices were expected to attend these Sunday afternoon conferences, and any professed members of the community were welcome to attend as well. Merton spoke seated at a small table with these notes open in front of him. He read from the notes when he was quoting from St. Bernard or whatever source he was reflecting on at the time. For the most part, he spoke from memory, passing on basic information about and insights into Saint Bernard and other classical sources of contemplative wisdom.

According to Finley, the playful humor that was present when Merton spoke tends not to be evident in these notes. But what is present in The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology are passages that resonate with that trustworthy guidance and insight that he treasured most in listening to Merton deliver his conferences. It was Merton's gift as a spiritual teacher to say things that were so beautiful and clarifying that listeners felt compelled to write them down.

There is something that tends not be overtly present in Merton's spiritual writings that is very present in these notes – namely, the extent to which Merton carefully studied and prayed with the classical texts of the monastic fathers and the mystics as sources of the wisdom that he passes on in his writings.

What makes the notes in The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology unique and helpful is that they allow readers to look over Merton's shoulder, as it were, as they see how Merton mentors them in the art of reading and entering into the interior richness of the classical texts of contemplative Christianity. Readers are able to realize that Merton was a good teacher because he was a good student, and they are able to realize that in these notes Merton is being a good teacher in helping readers to be good students of the spiritual wisdom and trustworthy guidance that lies waiting to be discovered in the careful, prayerful reading of the classical texts of contemplative Christianity.

I bowed my head surveying Merton's erudition, captured here in his careful reading of Saint Bernard, aligned with skills that deployed his scholarship as a spur to his students' contemplation. The energy he expended on preparing classes, while maintaining daily life as monk and writer, is extraordinary. No less impressive is the wildly capacious skill-set exhibited by Patrick O'Connell as he introduces and annotates Merton's notes.' His expert summoning of the entire Merton corpus to bear on whatever Merton text he annotates astounds me. O'Connell wins first honors as the most agile transmitter of Merton's legacy. My admiring his accomplishment here and elsewhere defies adequate expression. – Jonathan Montaldo, Co-editor of We Are Already One: Thomas Merton's Message of Hope

Anticipating by a number of years the Second Vatican Council's call for religious orders to return to the wisdom of their founders, Merton's in-depth teaching notes, skillfully annotated by Patrick F. O'Connell, show us Merton's intimate knowledge of the works of St. Bernard, St. Aelred, and others, along with his giftedness as a teacher and an interpreter of this rich tradition. – Paul M. Pearson, Director, Thomas Merton Center

Merton mentors readers in the art of reading and entering into the interior richness of the classical texts of contemplative Christianity in The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology. Then their dependence on Merton begins to fall into the background as they begin to see for themselves and take to heart Bernard's profound teachings about the mysterious process in which they are transformed in God's love.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

A Visual Walk through Genesis: Exploring the Story of How It All Began by Stephen M. Miller (Harvest House Publishers)

A Visual Walk through Genesis is an objective look at some of the Bible's strangest stories by best-selling author Stephen M. Miller. Miller, a seminary-educated news journalist, presents viewpoints from a wide range of Christian Bible experts, along with gorgeous graphics and a touch of dry humor.
Genesis offers answers to the biggest questions in life – Why are we here? What is God like? Why is there so much evil and pain?
But today's readers often get tripped up by the ancient writing style and wonder...

  • Did Moses really write Genesis?
  • Many of the reports seem so odd – are they scientifically accurate? Does that matter?
  • How does Genesis relate to other ancient accounts of creation, the origin of evil, and the great flood?

A Visual Walk through Genesis is a book about Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Many people around the world consider the Bible a sacred library, written by people who were inspired by God, Creator of the universe.

Genesis is the story of Creation: the beginning of life, humanity, and civilization. It's a book full of weird and wild stories:

•           A talking snake.

•           God making Eve from Adam's rib.

•           Fallen angels and human women making baby giants.

•           A flood that covers the entire planet.

•           A 100-year-old man and his 91-year-old wife having a baby.

Bible experts don't always know what to make of these stories. But they've got their educated guesses. Miller reports those theories from a wide range of scholars, traditional as well as progressive.

Miller in A Visual Walk through Genesis rhetorically asks, what is Genesis all about?

Beginnings. The universe, humans, sin, the Jewish race.

The decontamination of a spiritually toxic world. God creates paradise on earth. Humans contaminate it with sin. God launches a marathon restoration project. He starts with one godly man – Abraham. From Abraham's fam­ily he creates a race of people who take a stand against sin by pledging their allegiance to God.

Ancient Jewish tradition says God or his personal angel dictated the stories in Genesis to Moses. This idea goes back to at least a century before Jesus, showing up in a book found among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. God had the angel of his presence tell Moses the story of creation – from the beginning of the universe until the time God will build an eternal temple for his people.

Many scholars argue that clues in Genesis suggest Moses didn't write it. Or that if he did, someone edited it later.

Israel didn't have a king for at least 200 years after Moses. Israel's first king was Saul, in about 1065 BC. Moses died centuries earlier, in about 1250 or 1400 BC – scholars debate which.

One favorite theory among scholars is that many centuries after Moses, Genesis and the other anonymous books typically credited to him – Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy – were all edited together from a variety of ancient sources.

Some stories, teachings, and laws may have been preserved in writing, including some from Moses himself. Other writings – perhaps most, many scholars say – were passed along by word of mouth from one generation to the next for many centuries before anyone bothered to write them down.

Moses, raised a prince in Egypt, may have been able to write Egyptian. But Jews didn't seem to develop their own written language until a few centuries later. The earliest surviving written Hebrew comes from about the time of King David and his son Solomon, 3000 years ago. That's when the Jewish nation started to blossom.

As one popular theory goes, Jewish leaders decided to get their history on the record. That's when they hired government historians to start writing down the story of how the Jews became a nation.

Genesis stories start with the creation of the universe – roughly 14 billion years ago, if the prevailing theory among astrophysicists and geologists is right. Or it may have been about 6000 years ago if creationist Christians are right. Many creationist Christians base their dating on a literal read of genealogies and dates in the Bible – along with the idea that God created everything in six 24-hour days.

Genesis stories end in about the 1800s BC, when Jacob moved his family from what is now Israel to Egypt, to escape a seven-year drought. Sadly, they would wear out their welcome and get themselves enslaved. It would take Moses to free them about 400 years later. Genesis stories cover much of the Middle East, stretching from Iraq in the northeast to Egypt in the southwest.

Whether readers are Bible newbies or longtime readers, A Visual Walk through Genesis is a visual stroll through the first book of the Bible to help readers bridge the gap between then and now. Miller says he writes everything for the reader who has just arrived from Mars, so of course, that makes it highly readable.

Religion & Spirituality / Islam

Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West by Taner Edis (Prometheus Books)

How is Islam adapting to the rapid changes of the 21st century? Despite political unrest and terrorism, Taner Edis in Islam Evolving argues that many Muslim societies are successfully developing their own versions of modern life. In contrast to the secular liberal model that prevails in the West, Islam is demonstrating alternative ways to be modern while maintaining a distinctly Muslim worldview. Edis, the recipient of the Morris D. Forkosch award for best humanist book of 2002 from the Council for Secular Humanism, is professor of physics at Truman State University. He is an American physicist with a secular viewpoint who was raised in Turkey and uniquely qualified to evaluate the interplay of modern trends and Islamic values.

In Islam Evolving Edis devotes separate chapters to prominent examples of what he calls Islam's ‘pious modernity.’ For instance, while most Muslim societies embrace the applied sciences and technology, they are cooler toward aspects of science with materialist implications. They are also enthusiastically adopting a market economy and consumerism, while preserving Muslim religious values. Even in such controversial areas, Edis shows that Muslim societies are drawn toward a flexible conservatism. He critically evaluates attempts to import Western political and cultural notions into Muslim societies and draws interesting parallels between conservative Christian reactions to secular society and similar responses in Islam.

Islam Evolving is an insightful analysis of how Muslim piety is stimulated by having to live side by side with twenty-first-century modernity. This has led to an explosion of conservative populism and religious nationalism across the globe. Taner Edis rightly argues that although most devout sharia-seeking Muslim majorities do not support the idea of a global caliphate – and have significantly departed from certain Islamic traditions – their conservatism is often directed toward reducing personal freedoms and the public space available to religious minorities and women. – Pervez Hoodbhoy, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan
If there is one man who can lead us through the maze of scientific and ideological problems related to the Islamic worldview, it is Taner Edis. Born and raised in Istanbul and educated in science in the United States, Edis has a unique background and intricate knowledge of multiple languages and cultural traditions that make him the perfect guide to get a grasp on some of the most vexing problems of our time. Few books on the relation between the Islamic and the secular word are written with so much knowledge, wisdom, and compassion. – Johan Braeckman, professor of philosophy, Ghent University, Belgium
There are a slew of books out there that look at Islam’s interaction with modernity from a secular perspective. However, the Islam presented in these books is often simplistic and far removed from the lived reality of Muslims. Instead of engaging with a caricatured version of Islam, Islam Evolving presents a nuanced analysis of the way Muslims living in different societies are responding to challenges posed by modernity and secularism. Edis then deftly uses this lens to comment on the failures and successes of secular liberalism itself. Islam Evolving is an engaging, thoughtful, and timely book that should be a must-read for anyone interested in the future of secularism, liberalism, and Islam. – Salman Hameed, Charles Taylor Chair and director, the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies, Hampshire College

Uniquely qualified, Edis evaluates the interplay of modern trends and Islamic values in Islam Evolving. This balanced overview of Islam's relationship with the modern world will be of interest to open-minded readers in both the West and the East.

Religion & Spirituality / Self-Help / Biographies & Memoirs

Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 CDs, Unabridged, running time 4 hrs 38 min by Tami Simon (Sounds True)

Is there a trustworthy source of guidance that can help us navigate the spiritual journey, our vocational path, and our relationships – even when they come into conflict?

“When I took my first steps on the spiritual path,” says Tami Simon, “I was looking for answers to life’s greatest mysteries. Over time I learned that the best books and teachers pointed us inward – to our own experience – and that this is where we can find our greatest sense of aliveness and purpose.”

In Being True, a set of four audio sessions, the founder of Sounds True, distills essential lessons learned from 30 years of exploring the edge where spiritual wisdom meets the challenges of work, life, and love. Simon hosts a popular weekly podcast where she interviews many of today’s leading teachers. Sounds True listeners and followers of the Insights at the Edge podcast series have heard Simon introducing and interviewing leading voices in spirituality, science, and creativity. Now in Being True she speaks to listeners directly as a fellow traveler on the journey – sharing her insights on honoring one’s inner imperatives in the real world, meeting setbacks with an open heart, and remaining alive to the inner voice that always encourages us.

Listeners to Being True join her for these talks on:

  • Being true as a process – five keys for living in integrity.
  • Spirituality in action – how listeners can apply their highest values in the workplace and in their relationships.
  • Her most transformative encounters with spiritual teachers.

"I believe we all have an inner compass that points us where we need to go," says Simon, "if we have the courage and self-awareness to follow it." In this four-session audio, she reveals her essential principles for honoring our values within a competitive marketplace, meeting challenges with vulnerability, cultivating the tenacity to overcome hardship, and accessing the inner voice of integrity and wisdom that enables us to ‘be true’.

Sounds True founder and publisher Tami Simon may narrate most of her memoir with measured phrasing, but her all-in candor rivets attention to her compact guidance as well as her personal journey. With palpable courage and entertaining ad libs, she shares memorable vignettes from her life thus far and abstracts five potent lessons on how to become our 'unprecedented selves.' This happens, she says, when we escape the dictates of the dominant culture and let the karma of life greet us and show us the place we are destined to be. The book is a satisfying blend of insights she's absorbed from hundreds of spiritual teachers and the developmental wisdom of Western psychotherapy. Her authentic-sounding advice that we keep asking questions and become more kind toward ourselves and others will be especially moving for recovering intellectuals. – AudioFile

Sounds True listeners finally have the opportunity to hear directly from Simon herself. With Being True, she shares the most important lessons from her own journey about living in accordance with our inner imperatives in work, life, and love.

Travel / History / Outdoors & Nature

A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter (Thunder Bay Press)

From geologic upheavals and mad kings to trade routes and saints' ways, A History of the World in 500 Walks relates the tales behind the top 500 walks that have shaped our society. It's easy to imagine traveling back in time as one reads about convicts and conquistadores, silk traders and Buddhists who have hiked along routes for purposes as varied as the terrain they covered. From prehistory to the present day, readers take a grand tour of world events at eye-level perspective with accounts that combine knowledgeable commentary with practical detail.

Author Sarah Baxter has a passion for getting active outdoors. Since 2002 she has worked at Wanderlust magazine, where she is now Associate Editor. History is everywhere, and is never as vivid as when readers are walking through it. Through commentary, illustrated maps, and photography, the book explores 500 historically resonant trails – both manmade and natural – showing how the world came to be, and telling the beginning of the human story. Whether they are seasoned hikers or armchair historians, the breadth of historical and cultural coverage in A History of the World in 500 Walks takes readers on a journey through time and place.

According to Baxter, readers can travel back in time by choosing the right mode of transport – namely walking – and using a little imagination. Walking is as ancient as those early hominids. Eschewing cars, planes, and trains puts readers on a level playing field with their forebears, and allows them to see the world through their eyes. Even if elements of the view have changed over the millennia, treading on ground stomped by the soldiers, kings, pioneers, and pilgrims of the past provides a connection back to them.

A History of the World in 500 Walks is a compendium of trails – of varying distances and difficulties, spanning the globe – designed to help readers connect with the past. Arranged chronologically, in six chapters, the book moves along the timeline of the planet. It starts at the beginning – prehistory – a mysterious era before written records, when the world was busy making itself: tectonic plates were shifting, volcanoes were spewing, mountain ranges were inching up and weathering down, and man was making his first forays into the world.

The dawn of civilization, and – via indigenous Australian peoples, San Bushmen, ancient Greeks, Roman emperors, Buddha, and Jesus – readers eventually plunge into the centuries Anno Domini (AD). These past 2,000 years are liberally woven with pilgrimages, trade routes, military marches, and the adventures of great explorers. Readers follow famous expeditions, chart revolutions and the Renaissance, witness the beginnings of leisure tourism (that is, walking for walking's sake), and even amble with astronauts. Each trail, be it one mile or one thousand, has something to say about the origins of the planet.

There are 500 individual walks in A History of the World in 500 Walks, accompanied by inspirational maps and photography. In the main they are measurable, definable trails: routes with a known start, end, and distance, and perhaps an evocative name – South Africa's Fugitive's Trail, Japan's Philosopher's Path, or Italy's Cammino dei Dinosauri, for example. Some walks are covered in greater detail, to give readers a good idea of what awaits. Others are intriguing snippets to make their feet itch and their imagination fire.

Baxter says that as she was compiling a list of walks for A History of the World in 500 Walks, some walks immediately stood out. For instance, the Inca Trail, a four-day hike through the Peruvian Andes that traces precision-laid, fifteenth-century pavements to reach the hill-teetering city of Machu Picchu, never found by the Spanish conquistadores. What better way to comprehend the engineering genius, societal structures, and spiritual beliefs of this once-dominant South American civilization than by walking amid the mist-swirled mountains – little changed in the past 500 years – that they called home?

Likewise, the rim-to-rim trails across the Grand Canyon seemed a must. To descend from one lip of this ravishing ravine and climb back up the other is to observe millions of years of rock formation and erosion in extreme close-up. It is more vivid and accessible than any geography lesson.

Then there's the Berlin Wall Trail, which tells a more contemporary tale. Following the footprint of the barrier that once encircled West Berlin, and which only came down in 1989, this circuit reveals history at its most raw and freshly formed. To stand at Checkpoint Charlie, or beside hunks of graffitied concrete amid the now-thriving city, will make the spine tingle.

The main lesson Baxter says she has learned from writing A History of the World in 500 Walks is that there is history to be found everywhere. Whenever and wherever readers walk – and it's great to walk, widely and often – someone or something has almost definitely gone before. And that is not a bad thing. It enriches every ramble. It means they can stride out amid landscapes made wonderfully weird by geothermal activity. They can stroll via crumbling castles, walls that kept people in, walls that kept people out, furrows made by slaves and escapees, streets lined with epoch-defining architecture, or really, really old trees.

If you love rambles along historic routes, get a copy... It has line-drawing route maps and an interesting narrative, so that wherever you're going in the world you can find an interesting historic walk. – Jane Knight, The Times

A History of the World in 500 Walks is a treasure trove for anyone keen to learn more about the global landscape and its legacy. In these walks, the history of the world comes to life. There are so many enticing trails packed into the pages, with something to suit every interest and mood, also with stunning photography, readers may even be inspired to lace up their own boots.

 

Contents this Issue:

Ocean Animals: Who's Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo, with an introduction by Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Children’s Books)

Dishing Up New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State by John Holl, photographed by Amy Roth, with a foreword by Augie Carton (Storey Publishing LLC)

Manly Food by Simon Cave (Quadrille Publishing)

Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round by Ron Faiola (Agate Midway)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer – Audiobook, 2 MP3 Audio CDs, Unabridged, running time 13.5 hours by Walter Shapiro, narrated by Tom Perkins (Tantor Media)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro (Blue Rider Press)

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home by Natalie Livingstone (Ballantine Books)

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking)

A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating by Bob Richter, with photography by Ethan David Kent, and a foreword by Christopher Radko (Globe Pequot Press)

Customize Your Knitting: Adjust to fit; embellish to taste by Margaret Hubert (Creative Publishing International)

Gender Quotas and Democratic Participation: Recruiting Candidates for Elective Offices in Germany by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich (New Comparative Politics Series: University of Michigan Press)

Clinical Reasoning and Care Coordination in Advanced Practice Nursing, 1st edition by RuthAnne Kuiper PhD RN CNE ANEF, Daniel J. Pesut PhD RN PMHCNS-BC FAAN & Tamatha E. Arms DNP PMHNP-BC NP-C (Springer Publishing Company)

Option for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis, revised edition by Donal Dorr (Orbis Books)

Concerning the Nations: Essays on the Oracles against the Nations in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel edited by Else K. Hold, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, & Andrew Mein, series editors Claudia V. Camp & Andrew Mein (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol 612: Bloomsbury T&T Clark)

The Cistercian Fathers and Their Monastic Theology: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 8 by Thomas Merton OCSO, edited by Patrick F. O'Connell, with a preface by James Finley (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

A Visual Walk through Genesis: Exploring the Story of How It All Began by Stephen M. Miller (Harvest House Publishers)

Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West by Taner Edis (Prometheus Books)

Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 CDs, Unabridged, running time 4 hrs 38 min by Tami Simon (Sounds True)

A History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter (Thunder Bay Press)