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Bruce Goff: Architecture of Discipline in Freedom by Arn Henderson (University of Oklahoma Press)

Wenzel Johann Tomaschek (1774-1850): An Autobiography translated by Stephen Thomas Moore, with an introduction by Michael Beckerman (Studies in Czech Music Series: Pendragon Press)

Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success by David Kwong (Harper Business)

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation by David Robertson, with Kent Lineback (Harvard Business Review Press)

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese by Karen McAthy (Urban Homesteader Hacks Series: New Society Publishers)

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College by Patrick Sullivan (Palgrave Macmillan)

They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes: Players Who Went to the Enemy by Todd Stanley (McFarland)

Old Hickory: The American 30th Infantry Division in World War II by Robert W. Baumer (Stackpole Books)

Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm by Temple Grandin (Storey Publishing, LLC)

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Novel by Leonard Goldberg (Minotaur Books)

Once, in Lourdes: A Novel by Sharon Solwitz (Spiegel & Grau)

Hamilton and Philosophy: Revolutionary Thinking edited by Aaron Rabinowitz & Robert Arp, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 110: Open Court)

Ambitious Politicians: The Implications of Career Ambition in Representative Democracy by Patrik Öhberg (University Press of Kansas)

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, 7th edition by Philip L. Reichel (Pearson Education Inc.)

Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer: Novel Therapies for Digestive Diseases edited by Chi Hin Cho (World Scientific)

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research, 1st edition by Michelle O'Reilly & Nisha Dogra (Sage Publications Ltd.)

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, 2 MP3-CDs, unabridged by Michael Collins, narrated by David Colacci, with a foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh (Tantor Audio)

Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community by Lily Gontard, photography by Mark Kelly (Lost Moose, Harbour Publishing Co, LTD)

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd edition by Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw (Rick Steves Series: Avalon Travel)


Arts & Photography / Architecture / Biographies & Memoirs

Bruce Goff: Architecture of Discipline in Freedom by Arn Henderson (University of Oklahoma Press)

If we are to have a beautiful result we must find beauty in the problem itself. – Bruce Goff

Renowned today as one of the most important architects of the twentieth century, Bruce Goff (1904–1982) was only twelve years old when a Tulsa architectural firm took him on as an apprentice. Throughout his career he defied expectations, not only as a designer of innovative buildings but also as a gifted educator and painter. Bruce Goff, an illustrated volume, features more than 150 photographs, architectural drawings, and color plates, exploring the vast multitude of ideas and themes that influenced Goff’s work.
Tracing what he calls Goff’s ‘path of originality,’ Arn Henderson begins by describing two of Goff’s earliest and most significant influences: the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the French composer Claude Debussy. As Henderson explains, Goff embraced from a young age Wright’s ideal of organic expression, where all elements of a building’s design are integrated into a unified whole. Although Goff’s stylistic dependence on Wright eventually waned, the music of Debussy, with its qualities of mystery and ‘discipline in freedom,’ was a perpetual source of inspiration.
Henderson is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma.

Henderson in Bruce Goff also emphasizes Goff’s identification with the American West, particularly Oklahoma, where he developed most of his ideas and created many of his masterful buildings.
In the prelude to Bruce Goff, Henderson says that to understand the vast diversity of Bruce Goff's designs, one must acknowledge several interrelated issues. As Henderson’s research evolved, several common factors helped him to understand such wide variation in his work: distinctive originality in his buildings due to the use of specific, identifiable elements; ideals derived from many sources that determined those manifestations of originality; and rationalism and continuity in design conceptualization. These factors initiated his intellectual odyssey to understand the meaning of organic expression, and, especially, of Goff's interpretation.

Readings on Frank Lloyd Wright, Claude Debussy, Gertrude Stein, Louis Sullivan, and Ralph Waldo Emerson offered a means of comparing Goff's spoken ideals with what he shared in his writings, interviews, and recorded university lectures. Henderson in Bruce Goff says he discovered multiple underlying values in Goff's quest for original and diverse architecture: first, a belief that the client and building site were major determinants of design; second, the application of other arts, especially classical music, as a source of inspiration; and third, the importance of ‘discipline in freedom’ in developing design solutions.

Goff relied on a process of inductive reasoning for design concepts. His process of formulation was the antithesis of the deductive reasoning of his contemporary Mies van der Rohe, the apostle of the popular International Style. Goff began with a wide range of premises, which led to the conclusion that one building would not, and should not, look like another.

Born in the tiny prairie town of Alton, Kansas, Bruce Goff’s formative architectural years began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when at the age of twelve he became a summer apprentice at the prominent firm of Rush, Endacott & Rush. In retrospect it is likely that Goff's visions, in both professional practice and teaching, drew upon the self-reliant ethos of the American West, which nurtured development of his individualism and the courage to act on his ideals and convictions. In particular, Oklahoma became a place where he developed many of his ideas – and created many of his masterful architectural works.

Henderson traveled throughout the United States to see all of Goff's extant buildings, but not all of his works are discussed in Bruce Goff. He recognized a pattern of specific characteristics in Goff's buildings that suggested a presence of distinct values at work; these characteristics, and their frequency, provided the criteria for selecting buildings for analysis and interpretation. He aggregated this pattern of characteristics into several major premises of design central to Goff's architecture. The discussion in this text is limited to fewer than forty buildings, with a focus on the best of Goff's built work to demonstrate his values. Several unbuilt projects of outstanding design are also included as they are revealing of his aspirations.

The first two chapters of Bruce Goff delve into Goff's early philosophical influences, which began with the luminaries mentioned, but went on to include the work of numerous other composers and architects, painters, and illustrators as Goff's philosophy and practice developed. From this multiplicity of influences, Goff developed the original design aesthetics that became a hallmark of his work. The third chapter discusses in detail the concept of organic architecture and the various ideals that informed Goff's practice.

The middle section of Bruce Goff (chapters 4 and 5) details the reciprocal influences of teaching, and learning, at the University of Oklahoma. Goff's years teaching at OU, and as chairman of the School of Architecture from September 1947 to December 1955, defined a duality of diversity and continuity. Goff's 273 studio emphasized a direct connection to the relevance music might have on architecture. Goff often said he learned more about architecture from music than he did from other architects. In retrospect the 273 studio was one of the most innovative pedagogical experiences in the history of American architectural education.

His OU years defined a peak in his career, when Goff made some of his most creative and best designs as an architect. Their remarkable diversity reflects his wide-ranging teaching philosophy, even as their continuities tie together this high point in his oeuvre to his earlier and later designs.

The last chapter of Bruce Goff discusses Goff's philosophy and career after his 1955 departure from OU, spanning almost three decades to the last years of his career in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Remaining in Middle America for the rest of his life, Goff moved his office three times, establishing himself in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tyler, Texas. Each town marked the use of generalized concepts dominant in the later phases of his career, even as his best work introduced original interpretations that invariably reflected the aspirations of the client and attributes of the site. Goff's buildings are unique in twentieth-century American architectural history.

Part biography of a well-known architect, part analysis of Goff’s work, Bruce Goff is also a finely woven tapestry of information and interpretation that encompasses the ideas and experiences that shaped Goff’s artistic vision over his lifetime. Based on scores of interviews with Goff’s associates and former students, as well as the author’s firsthand study of Goff’s extant buildings, this beautifully illustrated volume deepens our appreciation of the great architect’s lasting legacy.

Biographies & Memoirs / Autobiographies / Musicians

Wenzel Johann Tomaschek (1774-1850): An Autobiography translated by Stephen Thomas Moore, with an introduction by Michael Beckerman (Studies in Czech Music Series: Pendragon Press)

Wenzel Johann Tomaschek (1774-1850) was born into a provincial merchant family in Bohemia, and through his musical skill and determination became one of the leading figures in Czech music in the first half of the 19th century. As a member of the bourgeoisie, he spent the first two decades of his life expecting to enter a profession after university study, and throughout his life had a particular interest in literature and drama.

Tomaschek rose to recognition with his many connections to contemporary musicians both in Prague and Vienna, his keen critical eye and ear, and his sometimes cutting opinions of such figures as Steibelt and Wölfl. He developed a close personal relationship with Goethe, for whose poems he composed dozens of settings for solo voice with piano. He also reported in detail on his conversations with Beethoven, painting a vivid picture of the master.

His Autobiography was published in the German-Bohemian periodical Libussa in installments between 1845 and 1850. It has never been republished since then in German, though there was an edition in Czech in 1941. Wenzel Johann Tomaschek is the first complete translation of this work, giving a view of the life and times of a leading cultural figure of the musical Romantic.

In the introduction to Wenzel Johann Tomaschek, Michael Beckerman says that Tomaschek was one of the most significant and fascinating musical personalities at the beginning of the 19th century. A brilliant pianist, teacher, composer and critic, he was known as the Musical Pope of Prague. Tomaschek was a friend of Beethoven and Goethe, and taught such figures as the virtuosos Alexander Dreyschock and Jan Vaclav Vorisek and the critic Eduard Hanslick. Despite the fact that he composed over one hundred compositions, including operas, concerti, string quartets, symphonies, songs and religious works, he is known today almost exclusively for his characteristic piano pieces, variously titled Rhapsodies, Dithyrambs, and most often Eclogues. Though these titles all have their roots in classical poetry, the pieces in question combine aspects of classic style with fresh, new and even idiosyncratic takes on contemporary musical thought.

While Wenzel Johann Tomaschek provides a good deal of information about the composer and his life, it also offers something much rarer: a sense of historical texture and depth. A prickly figure, simultaneously confident and utterly insecure, Tomaschek's writings about the great and near great, as well as his recollections of dozens of characteristic goings on, give readers a rare kind of insight into both the man and his age. In the words of Kenneth Delong, "Highly opinionated, often sarcastic and projecting a sense of his own importance, Tomaschek's memoirs also reveal him to be deeply concerned about all things artistic and intellectual: a man of courage and idealism, unflinching in his pursuit of truth in music and in life."

Tomaschek in Wenzel Johann Tomaschek offers many different kinds of writing and observation: there are snapshot concert reviews; chatty gossip about celebrities, especially royalty; detailed comments about important figures such as Beethoven and Goethe. There are passages that show Tomaschek's close engagement with contemporary art and science, whether paintings, architecture, gardens, or new technologies; one also finds personal aphorisms about life, broadly speaking, and of course comments about his own work. Of particularly interest – and also good fun – are Tomaschek's descriptions of contemporary musical events.

According to Becherman, Tomaschek's legacy is not easy to calibrate. To both Tomaschek and those that followed, Beethoven was an incandescent star, as were Mozart and Weber; but centuries have passed and figures such as Tomaschek await new appraisals and evaluations. Under the hands of an able pianist, his works sparkle and he is quite a bit more than simply an important progenitor of the piano character piece. The composer himself, writing his Autobiography Wenzel Johann Tomaschek, emphasizes the distinction between trendy fashion and substance, and notes that his works had so far passed the test of time:

A work of art, called into life through objective consideration, stands upright by itself despite the most lopsided judgment of the time, while all musical works that pay homage to the bad taste of the time share the destiny of ephemera. That I am not in error in this regard is something I am persuaded by daily by my eclogues and rhapsodies, which continue to be sought out by solid pianists.

Wenzel Johann Tomaschek is an interesting and highly informative work. Whether or not these pieces will continue to be sought out, and whether or not readers believe that works of art are actually "called into life through objective consideration," in reading Wenzel Johann Tomaschek they encounter a person of strong will, great skill, and someone who never gave in to contemporary fashion.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership

Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success by David Kwong (Harper Business)

A professional magician and illusionist in Spellbound reveals how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase peoples’ powers of persuasion and influence.

Author David Kwong has astounded corporate CEOs, TED talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people, making them see, believe, and even remember what he wants them to. Kwong is a magician and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the worldwide hit Now You See Me and is the secret code advisor on NBC's Blindspot.

Awe. Wonder. Amazement. Astonishment. Incredulity. When celebrated magician and illusionist Kwong performs, he coaxes these reactions from his audiences and makes it appear effortless. Always several steps ahead, he anticipates what people will notice and what they won't. He understands the authority he wields and uses it to achieve his desired outcome. Invariably, he converts skeptics into supporters, even as he leaves them questioning what they just witnessed and how he managed to pull it off.

For starters, they are looking in all the wrong places. Magic, he divulges in Spellbound, actually occurs in the mind of the spectator. It exploits a fundamental scientific truth: Our brains are wired to fill the gap between perception and reality. Virtually all business, political, and thought leaders – from Silicon Valley and Wall Street to the White House and 10 Downing Street to academia and think tanks – are masters of illusion. They use its potent properties to convince and guide the rest of us.

Given illusion's role in human cognition and its sway over virtually every field of human activity, from politics and religion to art and industry, undeniably this ancient art holds mainstream relevance. In Spellbound, Kwong explains how to implement the tricks of his trade to increase one’s powers of persuasion, command, and influence across every aspect of their lives.

Grounded in an array of disciplines and illustrated with corporate case studies, crucial historical events, and fascinating examples from his own work – including the development of his signature feat by fusing two of his obsessions, crossword puzzles and magic, and the extraordinary tour de force he devised for famed director Edgar Wright – Spellbound contains a range of practical applications. With his help, readers can tap into our inner illusionist to orchestrate optimal results in any endeavor they undertake.

Kwong spotlights the seven fundamental principles of illusion that are equally effective in magic and in life. They are:

  1. Mind the Gap: Our minds can only process a fraction of reality, so what we register as reality is an illusion, a miniscule fraction of the information that's actually there. Readers learn to take advantage of this massive blind spot to realize opportunities – like pioneers and groundbreakers do – that only seem impossible.
  2. Load Up: Magicians will spend hundreds of hours on a move that transpires in two seconds so once readers have identified a goal that's worth their best efforts, they can prepare radically and stealthily in ways that no one else can envision.
  3. Write the Script: The best magic tricks employ narrative plotlines and invite audience participation. That same sense of involvement makes strategic storytelling, an enormously influential business tool.
  4. Control the Frame: Misdirection plays as central a role in business as it does in magic. Whether competing for a job, promoting a brand, or just conducting a meeting, readers learn to direct their audience's attention toward their message while distracting them from information that would diminish its impact.
  5. Design Free Choice: While magicians nudge for the sake of entertainment, the illusion of free choice confers similarly potent benefits in business.
  6. Employ the Familiar: Readers learn to start by identifying the hidden patterns that influence their audience's choices and behaviors, and then give them what they want.
  7. Conjure an Out: Designed to keep the importance of failure hidden or disguised, these backup plans enable readers to take calculated risks and shoot for miraculous payoffs but also to take a bow even if their preferred effect crashes and burns.

From Apple to Amazon, from Richard Branson to Warren Buffett, from covert CIA campaigns to FBI hostage negotiations, from inspirational World War II speeches to wily Cold War deceptions, Spellbound examines the beneficiaries and by-products of illusion.

This enjoyable work from a confident master of his trade is a ‘virtual wand’ for those who want a bit of magic in their lives. – Publishers Weekly
David Kwong’s magic leaves me in awe, and his book did too
! – Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor
Fifteen years ago David Kwong and I started a magic club together, and one of us was good enough to quit his day job. I’ve learned a lot from him about how to surprise and delight audiences, and now his knowledge and storytelling skills are on full display. This book shows how the art and science of illusion can make us more engaging and more persuasive. – Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
David Kwong uses his mastery of illusion as the spine of a story about us and our limits. But more important, he shows that illusion is far more than a set of tricks; it has a very well thought-out set of principles that are broadly applicable in business and life. Here you can learn the principles and enjoy the show!
– Ed Catmull, president, Pixar and Disney Animation and bestselling author of Creativity, Inc.
David Kwong has conjured a unique and seamless blend of cognitive psychology, business acumen, and the secrets of being a renowned magician. – Martin Seligman, author of Learned Optimism and Flourish

With Spellbound readers discover a different way to sell their idea, product, or skills, and make their best shot better than everyone else’s. Wise, witty and insightful, as entrancing in print as he is onstage, Kwong enthralls from the first page of Spellbound to the final word. No trickery required!

Business & Investing / Management

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation by David Robertson, with Kent Lineback (Harvard Business Review Press)

Today's conventional wisdom says that to survive, companies must move beyond incremental, sustaining innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. But in doing this, organizations often abandon the important products or ‘crown jewels’ that built the organization, setting their sights instead on reinventing the future of their industry.

The Power of Little Ideas argues there's a ‘third way’ that is neither sustaining nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all company leaders should understand so that they recognize it when their competitors practice it, and apply it when it will give them a competitive advantage.

Author David Robertson argues that using this third way allows organizations to get more value from their key products and the customers who buy them. He urges organizations to ‘date’ their customers instead of fighting competitors to listen to customers, understand their challenges, and develop broader and deeper relationships with them. By doing this, companies will find opportunities to innovate around their current products and make those products more compelling.

Robertson is a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2002 through 2010, he was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Robertson is the host of Innovation Navigation, a weekly radio show and podcast. Kent Lineback has spent more than twenty-five years as a manager and executive and, before that, several years as a consultant and a creator of management development programs.

The Power of Little Ideas focuses on three key elements:

  • Creating a family of diverse, complementary innovations around a central product that make that product more appealing and competitive, without fundamentally changing it.
  • Developing that family of complementary innovations so that they work together as a system to achieve a single goal or promise.
  • Managing that family of innovations centrally and closely so that all the different partners are successful.

The Power of Little Ideas looks at how well-known companies, including CarMax, GoPro, LEGO, Gatorade, Disney, USAA, Novo Nordisk, Victoria's Secret, and many others, used this approach to stave off competitive threats and achieve great success. The book lays out a four-step process for implementing this approach to innovation, outlines the organizational practices that can unintentionally torpedo this approach in companies, and shows how organizations can overcome these challenges.

Aimed at leaders seeking strategies for sustained innovation and at the quickly growing number of managers involved with creating new products, The Power of Little Ideas provides a logical, organic, and enduring Third Way to innovate.

Robertson in the preface says that most people in most companies are focused on making existing products more attractive to existing customers, but there are remarkably few innovation books focused on this type of innovation. Too often, innovation gurus tell people to take a clean-sheet approach to innovation, to start from scratch and create something insanely great. While this may be good advice for a company, it's rarely helpful for a product manager or a business unit head whose jobs require them to make a current product better.

The Power of Little Ideas is an essential guide for companies that want to think beyond disruptive innovation or incremental innovation. It should be part of every company executive's innovation toolkit. – Steve Blank, Creator, Lean Startup movement

This brilliant book provides a repeatable and scalable approach to innovation that can help any company in any industry. If you read only one book on innovation this year, make sure it's The Power of Little Ideas. – David Butler, Chief Growth Officer Kids-II; and former Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Coca-Cola Company

The most powerful thing about The Power of Little Ideas is its essential simplicity. Robertson effectively captures the inherent challenges of innovation, then distills his insights down to a concrete, actionable framework. This book reveals an exciting path forward for any enterprise. – Robbie Bach, Former Microsoft President and Chief Xbox Officer

David Robertson boils the complex innovation process down to a practical, easily understood approach. The Power of Little Ideas is a must-read for anyone attempting to revive a tired product or to take a strong product to new heights. – Cad Warschaosky, President and CEO, World Kitchen

In The Power of Little Ideas, David Robertson vividly demonstrates that complementary innovation around core products can indeed produce powerful and compelling results. – Brian Hard, President and CEO, Penske Truck Leasing

Powerful, practical and engaging, The Power of Little Ideas is meant for anyone whose job is to extract maximum value from an important product. People responsible for delivering an existing product to existing customers have a difficult job; if readers are in this position – if their job is to keep a current product fresh and relevant in a competitive market – this book is for them. But this book will also be useful for those developing new types of products or taking existing products into new markets. Exploring such new frontiers is a tremendous challenge, and innovators will also find useful ideas about how to make new products successful.

Cooking, Food & Wine / How-To

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese by Karen McAthy (Urban Homesteader Hacks Series: New Society Publishers)

As plant-based, dairy-free diets continue to expand in popularity for health and ethical reasons, cheese often becomes the ‘last hurdle.’

Much of what passes for non-dairy ‘cheese’ lacks the quality and depth of authentic, cultured cheese. Yet for aspiring DIY plant-based cheesemakers, much of the knowledge of this new craft is scattered in isolated kitchens, and there’s no reliable guidance to what works, what doesn’t, and why, when making real, cultured plant-based cheese. The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking aims to change that and bring this new craft into the kitchens of the world.

Written by a pioneering plant-based cheesemaker who draws deep from the well of experience, The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking is a practical guide that extends traditional cheesemaking methods into the realm of plant-based media as a substitute for dairy. Karen McAthy is Chef and Founder of Blue Heron Creamery in Vancouver, which creates and supplies authentic cultured plant-based cheeses to restaurants, retail outlets, and private customers. She is formerly the Executive Chef of Graze Vegetarian and Zend Conscious Lounge restaurants in Vancouver.

McAthy in the foreword says of all the things she has learned, the most important is that this is an exploration driven by endless curiosity, and that she herself is a novice. Making cheese and working with cultures means learning constantly, developing patience, and studying the smallest details.

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking covers:

  • Understanding culturing and fermentation.
  • Essential ingredients and equipment for crafting plant-based cheese.
  • Plant and nut-based media and how to make them.
  • How to create and train plant-based cultures.
  • Recipes for quick cheeses.
  • Advanced recipes for cultured and aged cheeses.
  • Resources for sourcing equipment and cultures.

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking sets out to explore the development of plant-based cheeses as a legitimate evolution of cheesemaking itself. It offers a sampling of approaches to plant-based cheeses moving from simpler to more advanced processes, concluding with some elements of McAthy’s own approach, which seeks to apply, as much as relevant and possible, traditional cheesemaking methods to plant-based mediums.

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking invites curious readers to try their hand at a few of their own plant-based cheesemaking experiments and to find ways of expanding their personal understanding of what cheese is. As readers explore making and using cultures, they have an opportunity to experiment with creating cheeses to suit their own preferences, to understand how the culturing process works (and sometimes fails), and to become more intimately familiar with a practice that has its roots in hundreds of years of human history and food preservation.

Karen brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to the world of plant-based cheese making. Her innovative techniques that honor time-tested tradition will inform the future of dairy-free food products. Having had the opportunity to taste many Blue Heron Creamery cheeses, it is clear that under Karen's lead, a revolution in dairy freedom has been sparked. – Margaret Coons, founder and CEO, Nuts for Cheese

More than a compilation of recipes, The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking is an in-depth course for every would-be cheese crafter and culinary artisan. With luscious, full-color photos of finished cheeses and step-by-step instructions replete with visual aids, McAthy deconstructs the cheesemaking process to make it accessible to everybody. From quick non-cultured cheeses to fresh and aged cultured cheeses, no curd is left behind. Think it's impossible to go vegan because you can't live without cheese? Think again! This book will quash all your excuses. – Jo Stepaniak, MSEd author, Low-FODMAP and Vegan, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, and Vegan Vittles

Delightful, inspiring, and delicious! The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking is alive with possibilities, beauty, and love. This book draws a map for pleasure and exploration, simple and complex – like life. – Laura Cushnie, co-founder and Executive Chef, la Dulse Vie

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking is an intimate and academic invitation into the brilliant mind and fermenting-friendly kitchen of Karen McAthy.… Karen has created an approachable and researched method for both vegans and non-vegans to appreciate and enjoy this lifestyle with ease and confidence. – Chloe Elgar, holistic nutritionist and author and founder, Chloe's Countertop

Once upon a time cheese was the stumbling block for many on the path to a plant-based diet. Plant-based cheeses were both unhealthful and unpalatable. The tide has turned. The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking is destined to be a classic that propels plant-based cheesemaking to the next level. For everyone who ever wanted to knock someone's socks off with non-dairy cheese, this book is your ticket to success. It is a beautiful compilation of exquisite recipes masterfully crafted by Karen McAthy. We are both awed and grateful! – Brenda Davis and Vesantro Melina, registered dietitians and co-authors, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition

Here is everything readers need to make non-dairy cheese at home. Packed with step-by-step recipes, straightforward processes, and encouraging experimentation, The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking makes plant-based cheesemaking accessible for beginners and serious foodies alike.

Education / Higher / Public Policy

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College by Patrick Sullivan (Palgrave Macmillan)

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College aims to deepen public understanding of the community college and to challenge our longstanding reliance on a deficit model for defining this transformative institution. Featuring a combination of data and research, Patrick Sullivan redefines, updates, and reshapes public perception about community colleges.

Sullivan is Professor of English at Manchester Community College, Connecticut.

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College gives serious attention to student voices, and includes narratives written by community college students about their experiences attending college at an open admissions institution. Sullivan examines the history of the modern community college and the economic model that is driving much of the current discussion in higher education today. He argues that the community college has done much to promote social justice and economic equality in America since its founding.

In 1947, President Truman's Commission on Higher Education issued a report, Higher Education for American Democracy: A Report of the President's Commission on Higher Education, Volumes I–VI, one of the most important documents ever produced about education in America. No longer content for colleges to serve as bastions of privilege and wealth, the Commission called for a radical new approach to higher education and the establishment of a national system of community colleges across America.

According to Sullivan, community colleges now "enroll the majority of African-American, Latino, and Native American college students in addition to returning adult students, dual-enrolled high school students, multilingual and ‘Generation 1.5’ students, veterans, and students with disabilities". Despite significant and demonstrable success across a broad range of indicators, there remains much confusion and misunderstanding about the community college. Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College addresses these misunderstandings systematically and methodically.

Part I of Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College features a selection of student-authored essays from The Community College Success Stories Project, a research project he began in 2015 to draw attention to the good work being done at America's community colleges. This project was established to document and preserve for the reading public the remarkable life stories that are created every day at our nation's community colleges. This project privileges writing by college students themselves and therefore provides a unique, personal, and rare glimpse into the kinds of lives being lived by community college students in America. In sharing these stories, Sullivan also helps document the history of the community college and captures some of the powerful emotions and uniquely American life stories that pulse beneath the surface of the statistics and graduation rates.

Parts II and III of Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College examine the economic model that is driving much of the discussion in higher education today – neoliberalism. There are a variety of largely invisible forces that help shape the lives of many community college students. In these chapters, Sullivan assesses the community college's contributions to promoting equity, social justice, and the public good in America.

Sullivan challenges the persistent, popular, and often alarmist mainstream ‘failure’ narrative about community colleges. At Sullivan’s college this spring (2016), 896 students graduated with degrees and certificates. Graduates came from 101 towns across Connecticut as well as from ten other states. Graduation ceremonies like this occur every year around the nation at America's 1,108 community colleges. This is evidence of the important work being done at ‘democracy's college,’ especially when we consider the great diversity of students who enroll at open admissions institutions.

Using the traditional national benchmark established by selective admissions insti­tutions, it might appear to some observers, as Bailey, Jaggars, and Jenkins note in their recent book, Redesigning America's Community Colleges (2015), that community colleges are "poorly designed to facilitate completion of high quality college programs". Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College examines what is problematic about this claim and documents the ways this perspective is inaccurate and misleading.

Part of Sullivan’s goal is also political – to engage vitally important questions for our democracy about equity, social justice, and the public good and to examine the ways that the community college helps promote these foundational democratic ideals.

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College documents the operation of very powerful social factors – including family income, inherited wealth, and social class – that create extreme opportunity differentials for individuals in America. The book examines the foundational neoliberal thinking that informs these two different approaches (‘no excuses’ reform vs. social context reform) to theorizing the role of higher education in a democracy and seeks to determine if this ‘no excuses’ reform serves the public interest and promotes the public good – or instead serves the interests of the already rich and powerful.

The book marshals a great deal of evidence, and draws conclusions from the evidence that are vitally important for our democracy and for the future of higher education in America.

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College features a unique combination of data and research about community colleges and provides an innovative approach for assessing the value of community colleges in America. The primary audience for the book is the community of scholars who have research interests in higher education and the community college. More broadly, this book is written for anyone with a commitment to equity, access, and social justice. It is likely to be of interest to those who wish to think in new and progressive ways about an American institution, the community college.

Entertainment & Sports

They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes: Players Who Went to the Enemy by Todd Stanley (McFarland)

The Celtics and Lakers, Michigan and Ohio State, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Toronto and Montreal – all leap to mind when one thinks of the greatest rivalries in sports. Baseball has more than its share of rivalries, of course, from the traditional – the Giants and Dodgers, the Cubs and Cardinals – to the more recent – the Mets and Braves, the Angels and As. But the national pastime's most intense rivalry is the long-running one between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It may in fact be the most storied rivalry in all of sports.

It would seem like a natural fit, this rivalry. It involves two major East Coast cities, separated by a four-hour drive – a fact that makes it easy for fans to travel into enemy territory. They have also been in the same league for more than a hundred years, finishing first and second 19 times.

More than 300 ballplayers have spent time with both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, opposing teams in one of the most intense rivalries ever in sports. They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes examines the century long antagonism between the two clubs, their storied pasts and their evolution during the 20th century. The book is a statistical look at the rivalry as it has played out over that time, through the 2016 season.

Several what-ifs are considered: what if Babe Ruth had never been traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees? What if the clubs had swapped Joe DiMaggio for Ted Williams, as was proposed by the owners of both teams? What if Alex Rodriguez had gone to Boston, as was originally intended, rather than to New York? The debate as to which team has made out better with shared players is explored.

Author Todd Stanley is a junior high social studies teacher in central Ohio. He has written eleven books on education. He is a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan.

Contents of They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes include:

  1. A Friendly Relationship: The Deadball Era (1907-1919)
  2. The Curse Was About More Than the Bambino: The Live Ball Era (1920-1941)
  3. The Trade That Almost Happened: The Integration Era (1942-1960)
  4. Managing for the Enemy: The Expansion Era (1961-1973)
  5. The Shot Heard Round the Nation: The Free Agency Era (1974-1993)
  6. The Lightning (A-)Rod: The Steroid Era (1994-2005)
  7. The Evil Empires: The Present and Future (2006-present)

Appendix: Which Team Fared Better?

To say that the Yankees and BoSox do not get along is quite an understatement. They hate each other. And so do their fans. One of the popular sayings in Red Sox Nation is Stanley asks in the preface to They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes, Can you imagine being a player in this rivalry? So ingrained is the us vs. them outlook that hands are wrung, teeth are gnashed, and editorials are written anytime the rivalry appears to have lost heat. The other team has always been the enemy – and, if the world is to make sense, must always be the enemy.

But what happens when a player finds himself playing for the other side, whether because he was traded or signed as a free agent? It would be like fighting in battles for the Confederacy and being transferred to the Union Army. How does one put all that anger, that hatred, that animosity he feels for the other team aside and now try to help them win ballgames? And not only to win ballgames, but to win them against the side he once played for.

Some would argue that in the age of free agency, it is no longer a big deal to switch teams. With relatively few exceptions, after all, players move around, starting out in one city, moving on during their prime contract years, and maybe making brief stops elsewhere as their careers wind down. And yet the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox has perhaps become more intense over the past decade as both franchises have fielded top-flight clubs.

So how could someone play for both of these teams? What was it like to see both sides of this intense rivalry? Did the players enjoy or value their time with one team more than the other? Did the different parks, teammates, and managers materially affect their careers? And then there's what might be the most important question for fans: Which of the two teams got the better of the player? This is the debate They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes seeks to settle.

History / Military / US / World War II

Old Hickory: The American 30th Infantry Division in World War II by Robert W. Baumer (Stackpole Books)

The U.S. 30th Infantry Division, a National Guard unit recruited from the hill country of Tennessee and the Carolinas and nicknamed ‘Old Hickory’ after Andrew Jackson, was ranked by army historians as the best American infantry division of World War II, a judgment confirmed by the Germans, who called the division ‘Roosevelt's SS’. In vivid detail Robert Baumer in Old Hickory describes how the 30th cemented that reputation with hard fighting in every major American campaign in the European theater, from Normandy to Germany's surrender.

Baumer, a graduate of the University of Illinois, a former columnist for Armchair General, has been writing about World War II for twenty years.

Immediately after the war ended, General Eisenhower directed a team of three dozen army historians, led by famed military historian S. L. A. Marshall, to rank the U.S. Army's infantry and armor divisions. The 30th earned top honors.

As told in Old Hickory, the 30th landed in Normandy five days after D-Day and went on to spearhead the American breakout at St. Lô and to help stop the German counter-offensive at Mortain, where in fierce fighting it bested the elite 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte. The 30th then manhandled the Germans across France, Belgium, and Holland to the Siegfried Line.

In October 1944, at Aachen, it joined with the 1st Infantry Division to seize that linchpin city. A month later, the 30th launched what higher headquarters called ‘the perfect infantry attack’ and captured two important towns on the way to the Roer River. When the Germans attacked in December and sparked the Battle of the Bulge, the 30th was rushed to the critical point, again tangling with the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte and again breaking it.

The division counterattacked in January 1945, finally crossing the Roer in late February and the Rhine in late March. Pressing the enemy across Germany, the 30th mopped up enemy resistance and linked up with the Soviets at the Elbe River. The men remained on occupation duty from the end of the war in May until August, when they began rotating home. The division had seen 282 days of combat and lost more than 16,000 men to injury and death.

Old Hickory relies heavily on primary sources – operations and intelligence reports, after-action reports, and other documents from American and German archives – to tell the story of this remarkable division.

Home & Garden / Business / Farming / Animals

Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm by Temple Grandin (Storey Publishing, LLC)

Award-winning author Temple Grandin is famous for her groundbreaking approach to decoding animal behavior. Now she extends her expert guidance to small-scale farming operations with Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals.

Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is a New York Times bestselling author. Grandin’s humane livestock facility designs have been adopted all over the world, and she is a consultant on animal welfare to several segments of the fast food industry. Grandin’s explanations of how herd animals think – describing their senses, fears, instincts, and memories – and how to analyze their behavior, help readers handle their livestock more safely and effectively. Readers learn to become skilled observers of animal movement and behavior, and detailed illustrations help them set up simple and efficient facilities for managing a small herd of 3 to 25 cattle or pigs, or 5 to 100 goats or sheep.

Readers learn to farm smarter with Grandin's principles. They learn:

  • To gather and drive their herd by working with grazing animals' instincts for avoiding predators.
  • To move their herd at the pace of its slowest member.
  • The leader of the herd or flock is usually not the dominant animal.
  • Moving sheep through a gate is like siphoning water; never break the flow of their follow-the-leader instinct.
  • To prevent many serious behavior problems by raising young animals in social groups with other animals.

Grandin says that her previous book, Humane Livestock Handling, had many methods, recommendations, and handling-facility designs suitable for large livestock operations. Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals is aimed at smaller producers and at people getting started with farm animals. Less elaborate handling facilities are required for a small number of tame animals that have daily interaction with their caretakers. All the behavior information has been updated with information from both practical experience and the latest research on animal behavior.

According to Grandin, raising animals kindly and caring for them in a way that makes them content ensures good health and allows them to grow faster. Calm animals are easier to handle than frightened, agitated animals. If cattle or other animals become agitated, a 20- to 30-minute rest is required to calm them down. Stress is punishing on the body. Readers learn that keeping animals as calm as possible for veterinary procedures helps them quickly overcome the stress of restraint. Livestock producers have learned that when rough, stressful handling practices are eliminated, cattle resume eating a full day earlier.

Before starting out with livestock, farmers must decide which sector of the industry they will work in. This decision will determine their work commitment, the type of handling facilities they will need, and their marketing plan. Will it be dairy or meat/wool? Dairying requires a greater labor commitment than rearing animals for meat or wool, since goats and cows need a tight milking schedule with no flexibility.

Grazing animals are all of the hoofed prey species that are able to subsist on grasses, scrub, browse, and other plants. Common grazing animals – often raised by humans for meat, milk, fiber, recreation, or work – are cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, bison, elk, llamas, alpacas, horses, and donkeys.

According to Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals, some innovative producers have developed a side business of grazing their flocks in areas that need weed control. These areas can vary from subdivisions to vineyards to vacant lots. The sheep are fenced in with electric netting, and cattle trained to electric fences can often be confined with a single electric wire. Sheep are excellent at digging deep and destroying invasive vegetation.

Grandin says that learning good stockmanship will help readers become successful livestock producers and improve animal welfare. Consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from and how animals are raised. They want to be assured that farmers really care about their animals and that they provide for their welfare.

Dr. Grandin has a unique ability to see things through the eyes of animals, and reading this book helps us to learn how to be compassionate toward them. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand farm animals. – Adele Douglas, executive director of Humane Farm Animal 

In 45 years of working with animals, I’ve met no one who even comes close to Dr. Grandin’s empathetic understanding of animals’ minds and behavior. Here she anticipates the questions someone new to livestock might have and in a highly readable and thoughtful manner explains how to create a good life for these animals. – Bernard E. Rollin, professor of philosophy and animal sciences at Colorado State University
Temple Grandin walks in two worlds – human and animal. As she gazes into the animal world, she sees, understands, and knows, then interprets for us. With her help, we, too, can begin to understand. – Dr. Nancy A. Irlbeck, comparative animal nutritionist and shepherdess
It would be hard to overstate the impact Temple Grandin has had on slaughterhouses: it has been nothing short of revolutionary. Turning her attention to what's happening on farms is excellent news for people and farm animals alike. – Bill Niman, rancher and founder of BN Ranch and Niman Ranch
A brilliantly written book that should be required reading for anyone working with livestock. Temple Grandin perfectly verbalizes the common sense and observational skills needed to build healthy, safe, and less stressful working relationships between humans and the animals they keep. – Jeannette Beranger, senior programs manager at The Livestock Conservancy

Readers learn to keep their animals calm and safe with Grandin's groundbreaking insights and methods, tailored specifically for small farms in Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals. They learn to understand the behavior, fears, and instincts of cattle, goats, pigs, and sheep, and set up the most humane, healthy, and productive systems and facilities on their farms.
Literature & Fiction / Historical

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Novel by Leonard Goldberg (Minotaur Books)

From USA Today and internationally bestselling author Leonard Goldberg comes The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, a new tale of the great detective’s daughter and her companion Dr. John Watson, Jr. as they investigate a murder at the highest levels of British society.

Goldberg, retired from a long career at the UCLA Medical Center as a Clinical Professor of Medicine, is the author of the Joanna Blalock medical thrillers.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes opens in 1910. Joanna Blalock has become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain.

But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson, Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will be thrilled to meet his fearless and brilliant daughter, Joanna. Once again the game's afoot, and a new Holmes and Watson unite to solve the unsolvable in this delightful adventure by Leonard Goldberg. – Tess Gerritsen, author of I Know a Secret

Cleverly crafted with fascinating characters and a plot that Conan Doyle would be proud of. Sherlock fans looking for a new series need look no further than Goldberg's well developed and fascinating tale! – M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

Adventure, murder, family secrets and intrigue abound in this novel, which has incredible characters who are charming, cunning and smart as a whip. Goldberg has successfully intertwined historical facts with fiction, and has created a must-read novel for fans of historical mystery and of Sherlock Holmes. – RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
Goldberg's Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect as John Watson Jr. becomes the voice of a new generation and Joanna Blalock takes on her role as leader of the investigation. Fans of Laurie R. King's ‘Mary Russell’ books will welcome a fellow female to the ranks of Holmes followers. – Library Journal

Goldberg, well-known for his medical thrillers, fuels the unquenchable fascination with Sherlock Holmes by combining detailed medical knowledge with the skills reincarnated in the Great Detective's daughter. – Kirkus Reviews
Engaging... Joanna is Holmes' daughter, even down to echoing the great man's occasional lapses into smugness: 'Allow me to draw your attention ....' – Booklist

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling new tale of Sherlock Holmes' daughter and her companion as they investigate a murder at the highest levels of British society.

Literature & Fiction

Once, in Lourdes: A Novel by Sharon Solwitz (Spiegel & Grau)

Sharon Solwitz’s newest novel, Once, in Lourdes, is a poignant tale of teenage friendship set against the accelerating Vietnam War. Solwitz, the recipient of multiple award and honors for writing as well as grants and fellowships, teaches fiction writing at Purdue University.

In the turbulent summer of 1968, as the Vietnam War rages overseas, four friends make a pact that will change their lives forever. For the next two weeks, they will live for each other and for each day. Then, at the end of the two weeks, they will sacrifice themselves on the altar of their friendship.
In Once, in Lourdes, Loyal Kay, the narrator, dreams of being an artist and escaping her stifling family – the stepmother and stepsister she gained after her mother’s early death, and the father she no longer feels she knows. As she struggles with her weight, her schoolwork, and her longing for her mother, she feels loyalty only to her three friends, determined to keep their group together at any cost. Brilliant, charismatic CJ appears to have everything – though even those closest to him can’t see him as he really is. Steady, quiet Saint wants to do right by everyone, trying not to let his emotions destroy himself and those around him. And beautiful Vera’s family secrets are too dark to share, even with her closest friends; caught in a web of family dysfunction, she can only hope the others won’t get tangled up in the danger she senses around her.
In the two-week span in which Once, in Lourdes takes place, during the summer before their senior year of high school, the lives of Kay, CJ, Saint, and Vera will change beyond their expectations, and what they gain and lose will determine the novel’s outcome.

After writing a spate of short stories, [Sharon Solwitz] returns to the longer form with a ravishing sense of place ... and a heightened, almost surreal, feel for how intense emotions alter our perception of the world, especially in youth. Solwitz’s surging, many-threaded, complexly insightful tale dramatizes not only personal crises, but also the violence of the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Timely and timeless. – Booklist, starred review
What makes Once, in Lourdes such a moving read is how deeply and finely Sharon Solwitz has observed and portrayed her characters. They are recognizable teenagers with recognizable desires and miseries and hardships, but they are so well rendered in their particulars that we follow them less and less as familiar types and more and more as the actual friends with whom we attempt to struggle through this part of life, making promises and pacts, breaking and keeping them, living and dying by them. – Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers and Enon
This is a story that reads achingly true to young angst, then, now, and always. It’s an achievement of remarkable empathy – and gorgeous prose
. – Janet Burroway, author of Raw Silk and Writing Fiction
Sharon Solwitz has an ear so attuned to teen speech, teen humor, and, finally and most convincingly, teen angst that her novel crackles with urgency. She follows the rise and fall of adolescent moods, patient with their extremes and sympathetic to the neediness her characters struggle to hide.
Once, in Lourdes will make you think you’re eavesdropping on what you’re not supposed to hear. – Rosellen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Before and After

[An] honest and soul-baring novel about choice, fate, and the consequences of youthful idealism ... a dark novel that knowingly depicts the confusion of being a teenager and the strong bonds of friendship that form at that young age. – Publishers Weekly

For readers of The Girls and The Virgin Suicides, Once, in Lourdes is a haunting novel about the power of teenage bonds, the story of four young people who will win readers’ hearts and transport them back to their own high school years. This novel captures both the sense of freedom and possibility that existed in the 1960s and the confusion and violence that accompanied it.

Philosophy / Popular Culture / Entertainment / Music

Hamilton and Philosophy: Revolutionary Thinking edited by Aaron Rabinowitz & Robert Arp, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 110: Open Court)

In Hamilton and Philosophy, professional thinkers expose, examine, and ponder the deep and controversial implications of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s runaway, revolutionary Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, through a collection of twenty-three readable chapters.

The editors are Aaron Rabinowitz, who teaches Theater and Tai Chi in New York City, and Robert Arp, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has written and edited innumerable philosophy books, both scholarly and popular.

One cluster of questions Hamilton and Philosophy deals with relates to the matter of historical accuracy in relation to entertainment. To what extent is Hamilton genuine history, or is it more a reflection of America today than in the eighteenth century? What happens when history becomes dramatic art, and is some falsification of history unavoidable? One point of view is that the real Alexander Hamilton was an outsider, and any objective approach to Hamilton has to be that of an outsider. Politics always involves a debate over who is on the margins and who is allowed into the center.
Then there is the question of emphasizing Hamilton’s revolutionary aspect, when he was autocratic and not truly democratic. But this can be defended as presenting a contradictory personality in a unique historical moment. Hamilton’s character is also one that blends ambition, thirst for fame, and concern for his immortal legacy, with inability to see his own limitations, yet combined with devotion to honor and the cultivation of virtue. Hamilton’s evident ambition led him to be likened to Macbeth and Shakespearean tragedy explains much of his life.

According to Rabinowitz, philosophy is a lifelong passion to find the truth. Hamilton was a philosopher, and America benefited immensely from his devotion to knowledge. He soaked up every idea he could find, and handed us a new world, full of freedoms and opportunities. He saw suffering that moved him to action, and through greater understanding he brought some aid to those in need. Hamilton and Philosophy is a tribute to that legacy, and to the philosophies that helped make it possible.

There is something for everyone in Hamilton and Philosophy. For those who already know the show by heart, the authors give them new ways to hear it. For those who are not acquainted with the Broadway show at all, the ideas in the book may inspire them to listen to the cast recording or even try and see the production.

Rabinowitz and Arp cover the major philosophical themes of Hamilton, as explored through the characters in the show. Can a person have a happy life and also chase their legacy? Can one be a hero and a slaver at the same time? The book looks at the morality of honor and epistemic humility, and explore the ways in which Hamilton wrote his own story. Hamilton sees himself as a Macbeth figure, and they explore that comparison in detail. Is Hamilton a great-souled man or a megalomaniac?

In Hamilton, dramatic tension builds around the conflict between revolutionary need and the realities of incremental progress. They consider several existentialist strategies for managing this conflict.

The production itself also raises a variety of philosophical questions. The casting call for non-white actors stirred controversy, so the authors discuss the morality of race and casting. They see also that the blending of cultures and genres reflects the mixing pot that is American history.

Hamilton has received criticism for its reliance on ‘founders chic,’ a historical view of the founding fathers that tends to ignore important complexities, so Hamilton and Philosophy includes several chapters on the nature of history and art. Can a piece of art also be history, or are the two incompatible?

Rabinowitz and Arp have assembled sharp and engaged contributors to examine from a rich variety of perspectives one of the most significant cultural events of the decade. A compelling read! – R. Barton Palmer, World Cinema Program Director at Clemson University, and co-editor of The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh

Revolutionary or not, Hamilton deserves to be studied seriously. And here we have some smart – and very funny philosophers to help us out. – Roberto Sirvent, Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics, Hope International University

From Socrates to Sartre, coinage to cyborgs, and dueling Daoism, this collection of philosophical papers about Hamilton spurs anyone with interest in either the historical figure or Broadway smash to how they come alive in the mind – and not just the stage ... Want to talk about Hamilton on the ten-dollar bill? It's got that. Want to discuss the aesthetics of the musical? It's here. Want to tackle the moral implications of a slaver fighting for freedom? Yep. – Benjamin W. McCraw, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina Upstate

With its revolutionary take on the birth of our nation, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award–winning hip-hop opera Hamilton sets the tone from its opening number to its last: this is the story of the all too human Founders' different philosophies on the creation of a new type of government, but done in an utterly unique way. Fans of the musical, whether history buffs or hip-hop fans or both, will find this collection a worthy and fun read. – Pat Brace, Professor of Art, Southwest Minnesota State University

This book picks up where Hamilton leaves off taking the provocative philosophy of Hamilton and giving readers a chance to delve deeper. Like the musical itself Hamilton and Philosophy does this in a way that's natural, accessible, and at times humorous. This is what makes Hamilton and Philosophy such a great book: readers can pick it up and, within minutes, they're engaged in both deeply-rooted philosophical discourse and modern-day relevance. – Jack Bowen, author of The Dream Weaver: One Boy's Journey through the Landscape of Reality

Hamilton is a gateway to curiosity about the past. Hamilton and Philosophy will take that curiosity and point it towards new ideas and philosophers, so that readers can continue to deepen their understanding of this epic show and the figures it portrays.

Political Science / Politicians / Biographies & Memoirs

Ambitious Politicians: The Implications of Career Ambition in Representative Democracy by Patrik Öhberg (University Press of Kansas)

“[T]hose people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.” This is how writer Douglas Adams expressed the common view of political ambition. And yet, it’s hard to imagine any politician getting far without it. Ambitious Politicians brings insight to this conundrum.
Focusing first on the party-centered politics of European democracies, where career ambitions are necessarily different than those in the United States, Patrik Öhberg in Ambitious Politicians looks closely at what motivates those aiming at the highest level of the political hierarchy, how these motivators differ between more and less equalitarian societies, and how such ambitions play out. Öhberg is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ambitious Politicians, which draws upon an extensive survey conducted by the Swedish National Election Study Program, is the first thorough study of elite politicians who aspire to the top echelons of the parliamentary system. Politicians with career ambitions have a distinct idea of representation, Öhberg finds; they display a higher degree of political self-regard and are more responsive to the wishes of the party elite in developing strategies. These findings vary among European democracies, and they differ from the traits and trajectories of political ambition in the United States. By identifying the subtleties and charting the differences, Öhberg offers a valuable lesson on whether and how representative democracies are served by politicians driven by personal ambition, or by those subverting such ambitions to the needs of party or state.
Ambition, this book reminds readers, has been crucial for political thinkers from Aristotle through the Founding Fathers to the latest candidate for higher office. Ambitious Politicians takes inspiration from the prevalent American discussion about ambition in politics, and Öhberg claims that there is a similar category of politicians who strive to become leaders of the party-centered European democracies. What is more, those politicians reach high positions and are different from those who do not: politicians with career ambitions have a distinct idea of representation. They perceive their own opinion to be of greater importance than other politicians do, and they are more active in their party's group meetings. Öhberg shows that politicians with career ambitions are more common in some European parliaments than in others. In more equalitarian societies there are fewer politicians with career ambitions. Countries like Greece and Italy have considerably more politicians with career ambitions in their parliaments than countries like Germany and Sweden. Therefore, it would be a mistake not to consider career ambitions in analyses of party-centered democratic systems.

Research on how politicians’ career incentives shapes how representative democracy works is a fast growing field in political science. Öhberg’s book is a major contribution to this exciting new field, as it is the first study to combine an in-depth analysis of one country, Sweden, with data from several other comparable democracies. The observed inverse relationship between the proportion of ‘ambitious’ politicians and political consensus is particularly interesting for future research. – Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

The desire to hold public office is one thing. The ambition to possess public power is quite another. Drawing on a unique data set, Öhberg brings to light marks that distinguish those who aim for power from those who are satisfied with place. – Paul M. Sniderman, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Stanford University

In Ambitious Politicians: The Implications of Career Ambition in Representative Democracy, Patrick Öhberg knits together theories of political ambition as conceived in studies of American politics with data on political careers and personal behaviors in European parliamentary systems. Drawing on extensive and insightful surveys on the attitudes and behavior of Swedish politicians, Öhberg convincingly demonstrates that personal ambition animates behavior in party-centric systems to a greater degree than currently appreciated. His Swedish findings are supported by an analysis of behavioral data on parliamentarians in eleven European countries, although intriguingly the impact of personal ambition varies based on the level of egalitarianism found in a particular country. Örhberg’s work is an important step in the effort to devise more general theories about legislative behavior, ones less bound to country specific systems. It is important reading for scholars of comparative legislative studies. – Peverill Squire, professor of political science, University of Missouri

Informed by history and social science theory, and grounded in a wealth of data, Ambitious Politicians expands our understanding of the important and changing role of ambition in collective decision-making in our day. This timely book will contribute to a greater interest in and understanding of individuals who aim at – and obtain – top positions in representative democracies.

Professional & Technical / Criminal Justice / Education & Training

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, 7th edition by Philip L. Reichel (Pearson Education Inc.)

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, 7th edition is designed to give readers a solid understanding of the complexities of justice systems around the world.

The author is Philip L. Reichel, Emeritus Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School. Prior to beginning his career in academia, he worked as a counselor for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Using a comparative approach, the book helps students recognize the growing importance of an international perspective. Key concepts are organized in a sequence with which many students are already familiar, progressing from issues concerned with criminal law to examinations of police, courts, and corrections. Students learn the many ways policing, adjudication, and corrections systems can be organized and operated. Unlike most competitive books, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems covers more than 30 countries, offering insights into such issues as Islamic legal tradition and the Eastern Asia legal tradition. The 7th edition updates statistics, changes in law, and modifications of procedures throughout; includes new and updated topic coverage; enhances and updates popular pedagogical features; and provides a number of chapter modifications to ensure readers are getting the most useful information on this constantly growing field.

Reichel in the preface says that much has changed in the area of comparative criminal justice since this book's 1st edition. These 25 years have seen increased attention to such transnational crimes as terrorism, human trafficking, and maritime piracy, and to the important international crime of genocide. Law enforcement agencies cooperate cross-nationally to prevent, investigate, and combat those crimes, and supranational organizations such as the United Nations, INTERPOL, and Europol serve as conduits allowing global sharing of information.

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems is organized in 10 chapters that reflect the material and order of presentation typically found in introductory books on the American system of criminal justice. Arrangement proceeds from concern with criminal law through examination of police, courts, and corrections. This text contains less detail on the criminal justice system of particular countries, but it provides greater appreciation and understanding of the diversity in legal systems around the world.

The organization used in Comparative Criminal Justice Systems follows the belief that comparison relies on categorization. That is, to best understand and explain similarities and differences among things, one must start by categorizing them. Chapter 1 provides the rationale for studying other systems of justice and sets down the specific approach used in this text. Chapter 2 explains and distinguishes comparative criminology and comparative criminal justice and then shows crime as a world problem by reviewing types of transnational crime. Chapter 3 presents traditional material on American criminal law so that readers have a familiar and common base to use in the following chapters and concludes with a review of how the war on terrorism affects both substantive and procedural law. Chapter 4 presents four contemporary legal traditions and outlines the basic features of each. Chapter 5 continues material in Chapters 3 and 4 by looking at substantive and procedural criminal law in each of the four legal traditions.

The next four chapters cover the topics of policing (Chapter 6), the judiciary (Chapter 7), corrections (Chapter 8), and juvenile justice (Chapter 9). Countries representing Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Oceania are included in the coverage. Some make frequent appearances (e.g., Australia, China, France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia); others are less recurrent (e.g., Canada, Finland, New Zealand). The text concludes with a concentrated look at the criminal justice system of Japan. This country was chosen for special consideration because it has a history of borrowing from other countries (a point encouraged by comparative studies) and has what many consider to be a very effective criminal justice system. Also, ending the text with an in-depth look at a particular country provides an opportunity to tie together some of the topics and items presented in earlier chapters.

This 7th edition of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems includes coverage of several new topics and enhanced coverage of others. Popular pedagogical features from earlier editions are continued and, at reviewer request, the number of Web Projects has been increased based on positive feedback. Among the new features are an increased use of photographs and graphics to add a visual learning experience and to provide greater readability. Identification of "Countries in Focus" at each chapter's start provides readers with a global orientation to the chapter's coverage. Each chapter begins with specific learning objectives that identify the knowledge and skills students should have after reading the chapter.

Impact Sections, which has proven popular with students and professors, continues in this 7th edition of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. Each chapter of the text includes an "Impact" section in which topics mentioned in that chapter receive greater attention and questions raised by chapter material are addressed. These sections encourage mental gymnastics, suggesting things such as links between countries, ideas for improving systems, and ways to encourage more global understanding.

Another popular feature from previous editions is the "You Should Know" boxes. At least one such box appears in every chapter. Each item provides students with helpful background information relevant to chapter topics.

One of the most frequently requested additions to the book was a call for discussion questions at each chapter's end. Instructors, especially ones teaching the course online, noted how discussion questions encourage class participation and provide a way to gauge student understanding of the material. They also make good assignments for online students. Suggested essay questions are provided in the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank.

Instructor supplements include Instructor's Manual with Test Bank; TestGen, a computerized test generation system that gives instructors maximum flexibility in creating and administering tests on paper, electronically, or online; and PowerPoint Presentations.

Learning Objectives utilize Bloom’s taxonomy phrasing to ensure clarity, usefulness, and accessibility, and visually appealing images further add to the book’s readability.

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems is appropriate for courses in comparative criminal justice systems, comparative criminology, and comparative government. Both students and practitioners will find Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, 7th edition to be a positive contribution toward the advancement of this important field of study.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences

Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer: Novel Therapies for Digestive Diseases edited by Chi Hin Cho (World Scientific)

This unique book deals with both inflammation and cancer in a single publication. They are seldom grouped together although it has been known that both diseases are closely associated, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract and liver. As the book touches on two such major areas of diseases in humans, it should be of interest to a wider audience of researchers and readers. Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer combines the effort of both basic scientists and clinicians from different countries with extensive experiences in molecular biology and clinical practice to unveil the most updated picture of the pathogenesis and therapeutic strategies in the treatment of inflammation and cancer in the digestive tract. Potential pathogenic modulators and also therapeutic options are discussed. These types of information broaden our knowledge in better understanding these diseases.

The author is Professor Chi Hin Cho, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been Visiting and Honorary Professor in a number of renowned universities in China, Hong Kong and the US. He is now Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology in the Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, Sichuan, China. The book has 61 contributors.

According to Professor Emad M El-Omar in the foreword, chronic inflammation is the ‘root of all evil’ and in the context of cancer plays the most prominent role in initiating, promoting and spreading the disease. Gastrointestinal and liver cancers exert the largest global health burden of any malignant disease and as such require a concerted international effort to unravel the pathophysiology and identify novel strategies for prevention, treatment and ultimately cure. Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer is a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on the role of chronic inflammation in gastrointestinal cancer and the novel strategies for treating it. The strength lies in the outstanding faculty of authors who hail from the best research laboratories in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. The content is comprehensive, authoritative and translational. The first section gives an account of therapeutic approaches in treating inflammatory GI disorders and this is followed by similar approaches for gastrointestinal tract cancer. The last section deals with the exciting new field of autophagy and microRNAs as therapeutic targets in digestive cancer.

According to Ming Xing Li and Chi Hin Cho in the introduction, inflammation and cancer are the major disorders in mankind. They are the most common diseases known in clinical practice and are the major causes of morbidity as well as mortality in humans. Unfortunately their underlying pathogenesis is still not well defined and the most difficult part is that they are likely to recur during remission. Pathologically both inflammation and cancer are causally linked. In fact, it has been established that almost all organs that suffer from chronic inflammation eventually have an increased risk of cancer. This is particularly true for the malignancies in the digestive system, including those in the liver and gastrointestinal tract.

Studying the pathogenic processes in inflammation and cancer and their causal relationship has overwhelmed the literature in the past decade. Over thirty five thousand studies both from experimental and clinical investigations from PubMed have been reported. With these enormous efforts, researchers now understand better than ten years ago the pathogenesis and the potential biomarkers for the diagnosis and therapeutic targets for both diseases.

In the advance of both basic sciences and biotechnology research, there has been huge development in the discoveries of drugs and therapeutic modalities against the different pathogenic targets in the prevention and treatment of inflammation and cancer. In this book, researchers and clinicians from 12 different regions and countries share their extensive professional and research experiences in studying the different important pathogenic modulators and also drugs used either clinically or still under experimental investigations for both diseases in the digestive tract.

Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer begins with the description of the brain/gut interaction and also the phenomenon of microbiota-gut-brain axis in the pathogenesis of cognitive disorders and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Also, nesfatin-1, an appetite peptide, is introduced to demonstrate its therapeutic efficacy to prevent acute hemorrhagic lesions and accelerate ulcer healing in the stomach. The current prophylactic treatment in patients with inflammatory bowel disease is also discussed. The established therapies and the therapeutic strategies in the treatment of alcoholic liver disease are compared for better options of therapy. Experimentally, the importance of hepatocyte nuclear factor-4-α in gastrointestinal inflammation is also emphasized in the first part of the book.

Cancers in the upper gastrointestinal tract, including those in the esophagus and stomach to the lower intestine are the major focuses in Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer. The epigenetics and microenvironment, the nuclear factor-κ and the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α and also the involvement of prostaglandin and their metabolism and receptors in the carcinogenesis and treatment for gastrointestinal cancers are extensively reviewed in the hope that new therapeutic targets can be identified. The later development of herb/drug interactions and their pros and cons in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer and also the progression of therapeutic agents from bench to bedside in esophageal cancer, are also fully discussed in the second part of the book.

Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer is an essential book for all researchers interested in inflammation and cancer. It is also a particularly useful book for clinicians from different disciplines including oncology gastroenterology and clinical pharmacology. The editor and authors are highly commended on producing this invaluable book. – Professor Emad M El-Omar, Professor of Medicine, Editor in Chief, Gut, St George and Sutherland Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Comprehensive, outstanding and unique, Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer captures worldwide professional and research discoveries and experiences to shed new light on future therapeutic options for both inflammation and cancer in the digestive system.

Research Methodology / Qualitative / Interviewing / Children

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research, 1st edition by Michelle O'Reilly & Nisha Dogra (Sage Publications Ltd.)

From designing and choosing the type of interview through to planning, structuring, conducting, and analyzing them, this book is a toolkit for conducting qualitative interviews with children and young people. Drawing upon real-world examples and researchers' anecdotes, providing a broad perspective on interviewing children, the authors of Interviewing Children and Young People for Research combine both theoretical background and practical advice to introduce common issues and procedures and to help readers undertake their own interviews in the field.

The authors are Dr Michelle O’Reilly and Professor Nisha Dogra. O’Reilly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester, UK (the Greenwood Institute of Child Health) who also provides research support to practicing clinical professionals working for Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust. Dogra is Professor of Psychiatry Education and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester. She is also Course Director for the Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental health.

Key topics in Interviewing Children and Young People for Research include how to:

  • Choose which interview style meets researchers’ and their participants’ needs.
  • Maintain a safe and ethically sound research environment.
  • Incorporate participatory methods into formal interview settings.
  • Encourage participation and capture the voice of interviewees.
  • Utilize digital tools, software and methods to collect and analyze data.

Interviewing is considered to be the most popular form of qualitative data collection and many researchers choose to use it to learn about people's lives. Many of the qualitative approaches argue that there is value in the interview for gaining an understanding of people's opinions, experiences and feelings about particular phenomena. While not without criticism, the use of interviews in research is growing and is commonly taught on research methods programs on undergraduate and postgraduate training courses, as well as on vocational training courses for practitioners in various areas of practice, including education, social care, health and medicine.

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research is designed to take readers through the process of undertaking a research project with children and/or young people using interviewing. The book is a guide for readers and is designed to help students, practitioners, researchers and academic scholars in designing, planning, undertaking and analyzing their interview study with children and young people.

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research begins with chapters that provide context for interviewing children and young people. Early chapters focus on the value of the method of data collection and providing guidance for designing the study, while outlining different options that interviewers have in the process. This includes choices about the format of the interview and some of the practical decisions that need to be made. The book continues with some specific considerations such as the use of participatory methods, their value and their limitations, as well as considering the structure and form the interview might take. In doing interviews with children it is essential that the interviewer works within an ethical framework and Interviewing Children and Young People for Research provides information about how to do this. Additionally, there are particular factors related to the child and to the researcher that need some attention in the process and the book devotes attention to these in detail. The final sections of the book focus on the analysis methods and the process of reflexivity and reflection. The book provides activities and vignette exercises to help readers reflect and consolidate their learning. The answers to all exercises are provided.

Interviewing children requires distinctive skills and strategies, and this book covers them all. From conceptualizing the interview’s purpose to planning and undertaking child-friendly interviews and ensuring ethical encounters, this book delivers expert theoretical and practical guidance from fieldwork to analysis. A must have resource. – Susan Danby, School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology
There are not many titles that provide such a clear and accessible step-by-step guide to everything you need to know about interviewing children. An ideal resource for novice and experienced researchers alike – strongly recommended! – Daniela Sime, School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

This book is an easily accessible and authoritative guide for academics, students, and practitioners interested in interviewing children. With a growing body of literature around including children within research processes, this book is particularly timely. Notably, O’Reilly and Dogra place children as central players in the research process and frame their discussion within the context of ‘child-centred research’. This framing sets the stage for a theoretically grounded and practically oriented discussion of the process of carrying out a research study with children and/or young people using interviews. This book is certainly one that I will recommend as a primary text to colleagues and graduate students involved in child-centred qualitative research. – Jessica Nina Lester, School of Education, Indiana University

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research provides a timely, practical, pedagogical perspective on conducting qualitative interviews with children and young people. It presents a comprehensive and accessible step-by-step introduction of value to researchers and to anyone working with young people, from teachers to clinicians, anyone interviewing children and young people.

Science / Biographies & Memoirs

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, 2 MP3-CDs, unabridged by Michael Collins, narrated by David Colacci, with a foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh (Tantor Audio)

In 1969, Michael Collins went to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the historic Apollo 11 flight. When he came back, he wrote this account of the training and the experiences of a test pilot and astronaut. Carrying the Fire is the story of one of the great adventures of this century.

Collins, a NASA astronaut now retired, was the third American to walk in space (Gemini 10) and the pilot of the command module during Apollo 11's mission to the moon in July, 1969. Following his career as an astronaut, he served as the director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
In Carrying the Fire, Collins conveys, in a personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

The book was first published in 1974 and has recently been reissued with a new epilogue by the author. Carrying the Fire presents an unabridged audio version on two MP3-CDs read by narrator David Colacci.

Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, and has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years. He has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal.

Collins tells what his space journeys meant to him as a human being [and] discusses the role of man amid the multitudinous mechanical marvels ... Profoundly affecting. – The New Yorker

Collins can write…. He is breezy, glib, collegiate, and frequently funny. There are marvelous things in Carrying the Fire that catch a reader unaware every few pages. – The New York Times
Strikingly authentic. Collins is an extremely good writer, and his lean, forceful prose makes this an unusually readable memoir…. Written with vigor, humor, and unusual insight into men and machines, this is an outstanding book. – Library Journal

Carrying the Fire is the finest account we have of the training and the experiences of a test pilot and astronaut and the thrilling story of one of the great adventures of this century.

Travel / Canada

Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community by Lily Gontard, photography by Mark Kelly (Lost Moose, Harbour Publishing Co, LTD)

The hospitality of the people in the North is out of this world. In the early years you could go to any place, didn't matter, and you were welcome there – you might have to sleep on the floor. – Harry George as cited in North to Alaska!

In 1942, the west coast of North America was under threat after the attack on Pearl Harbor, prompting the US government to build a military road from Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, AK. Renowned as a driving challenge and for its remote scenic beauty, the Alaska Highway opened to the public in 1948.

It was the beginning of the golden age of the automobile. Silvertip, Swift River, Silver Dollar, Krak-R-Krik, Chickaloon and other quaint and quirky establishments sprang up along the highway, offering travelers coffee, gas, conversation and a place to spend the night. During the roadhouse heyday, owners and employees lived on the frontier and earned good wages. Some were looking for a life-long commitment and a place to raise a family, others relished the isolation. Aside from truckers, today most people travel the Alaska Highway in fuel-efficient cars and self-sufficient RVs – the demand for lodge services has diminished and the businesses struggle to survive.

Since December 2014, Yukoners Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have been visiting operating and abandoned lodges, recording the unique culture of the Alaska Highway before it disappears completely. Gontard currently works as a promotions officer for Parks Canada in Whitehorse, YT. She has worked for a variety of magazines including the Malahat Review, the Georgia Strait and Geist and was the founding editor of Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine. Kelly is a part-time photographer and full-time therapist, and uses photography in the therapeutic process.

In the 1990s, Kelly and Gontard were both in their twenties when they moved (not together) to the North, and they each drove the Alaska Highway. Fuel along the Alaska Highway was more expensive than in Edmonton or Dawson Creek. They both stopped for fuel only when necessary, and sometimes they would stop at one of the lodges for a meal or coffee and a slice of pie. In Beyond Mile Zero they share memories of the gas jockeys, wait staff and cashiers slightly tinged with a crustiness, and it's no wonder the service was less than enthusiastic: the 1990s saw the decline of the lodge community, after the heyday of the early 1980s.

The seed for Beyond Mile Zero was planted in late summer of 2011. Kelly and his wife Brooke's son, Seth, was born in July of that year, and shortly after his birth, the trio drove to Calgary to visit family. As parents know, a road trip with a newborn means frequent stops, and these occurred conveniently at abandoned lodges. While Brooke fed Seth, Mark would busy himself by taking photographs. Three years later, Kelly asked Gontard for advice about what to do with the growing collection of photos he'd taken of abandoned Alaska Highway lodges.

Initially, the project centered around the abandoned lodges, the ‘fossils’ of the highway lodge community: abandoned garages, piles of old tires, broken windows and peeling wallpaper. As they met more and more people who lived and worked along the highway, however, the story of the community emerged, and they began to uncover a hidden history.

During their first research road trip in August 2015, Gontard and Kelly drove from Whitehorse, Yukon, to Delta Junction, Alaska, with a current issue of The Milepost – the travel bible for the route, published annually since 1949 – and two lists of Alaska Highway lodges from 1947 and 1948. They wanted to see which lodges were still around. They found that most of the lodges no longer existed, and that there were lodges on the highway that weren't on the list. They expanded their scope.

In the bar of the KPI (which is legendary for raucous parties and good times), they met Ollie and Helen Wirth, who owned Burwash Landing Resort for thirty-one years. Both were nostalgic about their years operating the lodge – recalling community events such as curling bonspiels, the mad rush of seventeen tour buses that would stop in for lunch – and expressed their disappointment that the new owner, the economic branch of Kluane First Nation, closed the lodge in 2013 instead of continuing the legacy. The lodge had been opened in 1947 by the Jacquot brothers and, until 2013, was one of the longest continually operating lodges along the highway.

Gontard and Kelly started working together on Beyond Mile Zero in December 2014. And, including Kelly’s trip in 2011, altogether, they took five road trips and drove 8,113 kilometres (5,041 miles). That's nearly four times the length of the Alaska Highway. They conducted more than forty interviews and took more than five thousand photographs. They talked with lodge owners along the Alaska Highway, and they tracked down former lodge owners who had retired to Oregon and Fairbanks. So many of the original lodge owners have passed away, but they found their children who had grown up at the lodges, and they live in Georgia, British Columbia, and Yukon. They conducted interviews via email, telephone and Skype.

Featuring both archival and contemporary photographs, Beyond Mile Zero explores the evolution of Alaska Highway culture and will be of interest to locals and travelers alike.

Travel / Guidebooks

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd edition by Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw (Rick Steves Series: Avalon Travel)

More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in the pocket. With Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, readers immerse themselves in the culture of Amsterdam as they stroll along canals and saunter through the red light district. They can bike through historic streets to grand museums where they marvel at the works of the great Dutch Masters. For dinner, they can sample fine fresh seafood, or stop at a coffee shop for some extra local flavor.
Since 1973, Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. He produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does this with the help of a well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington. Gene Openshaw has co-authored a dozen Rick Steves books, specializing in writing walks and tours of Europe’s cities, museums, and cultural sights.

The self-guided tours in Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands lead readers on bike rides over cobblestone streets and on cruises through charming canals. They stop and smell the tulips as they hike past whirring windmills. They explore beyond Amsterdam with trips to Haarlem, Delft, Edam, Leiden, The Hague, Rotterdam, Arnhem, and Utrecht. When it's time for a break, they nibble on distinctive Dutch cheeses in a cozy ‘brown’ cafe.

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands presents the best of Amsterdam and the Netherlands – its great cities, small towns, fine food, rich history, and sensuous art.

The chapters cover the predictable biggies while mixing in a healthy dose of ‘Back Door’ intimacy. In Amsterdam readers can see Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers... and climb through Captain Vincent's tiny houseboat museum. Besides the city's many historic sights, they explore everyday neighborhoods, with their chiming carillons, cannabis coffee shops, and one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques.

Because transportation is a snap, much of the country is an easy day-trip from anywhere. There's no end of cozy towns – Edam, Al­kmaar, Hoorn, and on and on – as well as open-air folk museums. Along the way, travelers meet intriguing people who show them how to swallow a pickled herring, or paddle a canoe through polder waterways.

Along with sightseeing, this book gives tips on how to save money, plan their time, ride public transportation, and avoid lines at the busiest sights. They also get recommendations on hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands is selective, including only the top sights.

The book is organized by destinations. Each is a mini-vacation on its own, filled with exciting sights, strollable neighborhoods, affordable places to stay, and memorable places to eat.

The first half of Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands focuses on Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Delft. Day Trips, the second half of the book, has chapters on destinations to the north, south, and east of Amsterdam, ranging from cities – The Hague, Leiden, Rotterdam, and Utrecht – to sojourns into the Dutch countryside to see world-class art near Arnhem, quaint villages such as Edam and Marken, and open-air museums such as Enkhuizen.

The Practicalities chapter near the end of this book is a traveler's tool kit, with Steves’ best advice about money, sightseeing, sleeping, eating, staying connected, and transportation (trains, buses, driving, and flights). There's also a list of recommended books and films. The appendix has the nuts-and-bolts: useful phone numbers and websites, a holiday and festival list, recommended books and films, a climate chart, a handy packing checklist, and Dutch survival phrases.

Throughout Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, travelers find money- and time-saving tips for sightseeing and transportation. Some businesses – especially hotels and walking tour companies – offer special discounts to Steves’ readers, indicated in their listings.

A trip to the Netherlands is like a complex play – it's easier to follow and appreciate on a second viewing. While no one does the same trip twice to gain that advantage, reading Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands in its entirety before the trip accomplishes much the same thing.

Steves says that judging from all the happy feedback he receives from travelers who have used Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, it's safe to assume readers will enjoy a great, affordable vacation – with the finesse of independent, experienced travelers.

Readers can count on Steves to tell them what they really need to know. Steves’ candid, humorous advice guides readers to good-value hotels and restaurants. He helps them plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of their trip, and they get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth their time and money.


Contents this Issue:

Bruce Goff: Architecture of Discipline in Freedom by Arn Henderson (University of Oklahoma Press)

Wenzel Johann Tomaschek (1774-1850): An Autobiography translated by Stephen Thomas Moore, with an introduction by Michael Beckerman (Studies in Czech Music Series: Pendragon Press)

Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success by David Kwong (Harper Business)

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation by David Robertson, with Kent Lineback (Harvard Business Review Press)

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese by Karen McAthy (Urban Homesteader Hacks Series: New Society Publishers)

Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College by Patrick Sullivan (Palgrave Macmillan)

They Wore Red Socks and Pinstripes: Players Who Went to the Enemy by Todd Stanley (McFarland)

Old Hickory: The American 30th Infantry Division in World War II by Robert W. Baumer (Stackpole Books)

Temple Grandin's Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm by Temple Grandin (Storey Publishing, LLC)

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Novel by Leonard Goldberg (Minotaur Books)

Once, in Lourdes: A Novel by Sharon Solwitz (Spiegel & Grau)

Hamilton and Philosophy: Revolutionary Thinking edited by Aaron Rabinowitz & Robert Arp, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 110: Open Court)

Ambitious Politicians: The Implications of Career Ambition in Representative Democracy by Patrik Öhberg (University Press of Kansas)

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, 7th edition by Philip L. Reichel (Pearson Education Inc.)

Therapeutic Targets for Inflammation and Cancer: Novel Therapies for Digestive Diseases edited by Chi Hin Cho (World Scientific)

Interviewing Children and Young People for Research, 1st edition by Michelle O'Reilly & Nisha Dogra (Sage Publications Ltd.)

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, 2 MP3-CDs, unabridged by Michael Collins, narrated by David Colacci, with a foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh (Tantor Audio)

Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community by Lily Gontard, photography by Mark Kelly (Lost Moose, Harbour Publishing Co, LTD)

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd edition by Rick Steves & Gene Openshaw (Rick Steves Series: Avalon Travel)