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November 2017, Issue #223

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How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship by Annie McKee (Harvard Business Review Press)

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella, with Greg Shaw & Jill Tracie Nichols, with a foreword by Bill Gates (Harper Business)

The California Drought, Library Binding, by Laura Perdew (Ecological Disasters Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Consecutive Interpreting: An Interdisciplinary Study, 1st edition by Alexander V. Kozin, with series editor Margaret Rogers (Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

Race in the Criminal Justice System, Library Binding, by Alexis Burling (Race in America Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite, with series editors Cheryl Glenn & Shirley Wilson Logan (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series: Southern Illinois University Press)

Julian Assange: Founder of WikiLeaks, Library Binding, by Rachel Moritz (Newsmakers Set 2: Core Library, ABDO Publishing)

Back to the Lake: A Reader and Guide, with 2016 MLA Update, 3rd edition by Thomas Cooley (W.W. Norton & Company)

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health, 1st edition by Marie Spano, Laura Kruskall, & D. Travis Thomas (Human Kinetics)

Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

American Freemasonry: Its Revolutionary History and Challenging Future by Alain de Keghel, with forewords by Arturo de Hoyos & Margaret C. Jacob, translated from the French by Jon E. Graham (Inner Traditions)

Miracle at the Litza: Hitler's First Defeat on the Eastern Front by Alf R. Jacobsen, translated from the Norwegian by Frank Stewart (Casemate Publishers)

The Future Won't Be Long: A Novel by Jarett Kobek (Viking)

Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, Ph.D. (Mount Tabor Books: Paraclete Press)

The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program: How to Open Up and Awaken to the Infinite River of Life, Audio CD – Audiobook, 6CDs, Unabridged, running time: 6 hrs, 56 mins by Pedram Shojai (Sounds True)

The Neolithic of Europe: Papers in Honour of Alasdair Whittle, 1st edition edited by Penny Bickle, Vicki Cummings, Daniela Hofmann, & Joshua Pollard (Oxbow Books)

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 4th edition by Paul Kivel (New Society Publishers)

Moon Hawaii, 2nd edition by Kevin Whitton, with Kyle Ellison & Bree Kessler (Travel Guides: Moon Travel, Avalon Travel)



Business & Economics / Human Resources / Self-Help

How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship by Annie McKee (Harvard Business Review Press)

It’s work, after all, right? Should people even expect to be fulfilled and happy at work?

Yes, we should, says Annie McKee, coauthor of the bestselling Primal Leadership. In her new book, How to Be Happy at Work, she makes a compelling case that happiness – and the full engagement that comes with it – is more important than ever in today’s workplace, and she sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team, and organizational success.

McKee, an advisor to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and NGOs, is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Based on extensive research and decades of experience with leaders, How to Be Happy at Work reveals that people need three essential elements in order to be happy at work:

  • A sense of purpose and the chance to contribute to something bigger than themselves.
  • A vision that is powerful and personal, creating a real sense of hope.
  • Resonant, friendly relationships.

By emphasizing purpose, hope, and friendships, leaders can also ensure a healthy, positive climate for their teams and throughout the organization.

Throughout How to Be Happy at Work, McKee lays out a road map to achieve personal happiness while creating a resonant environment in which others can be happy and effective, too. Along the way, she presents reflective exercises and practical advice for getting back in touch with what's most important to them and improving their work relationships.

Chapter 1 defines happiness at work and explains the business case, too. Then, chapter 2 talk about common happiness traps – mindsets that keep us stuck and unfulfilled. McKee also shows readers how to use EI to break free from these traps and avoid them in the future.

The next three chapters explain the essential elements of happiness at work: purpose, hope, and friendships. Chapter 3 talks about the power of purpose and how reader can find ways to live their values and have a positive impact at work no matter what job they have.

Chapter 4 focuses on how to build and sustain hope, even when the odds are against it. She talks about the importance of leaning in to their natural optimism, and how to make sure that their personal vision of the future is their guiding light.

Chapter 5 debunks the myth that people should not be friends with people at work. Then it discusses what they really do need in their relationships and teams at work: caring, respect, and feeling that they belong.

Chapter 6 talks about how to reclaim purpose, hope, and good relationships when they face stress or serious setbacks at work or at home. She also explains how to notice life's wake-up calls – those faint whispers that tell a person something's not right at work – so they can make course corrections before that wake-up call becomes a jarring alarm. Finally chapter 7 talks about how they can make others happier at work by creating a resonant microculture in their team, whether they lead it or not.

Throughout How to Be Happy at Work, McKee shares stories from managers, executives, and others about the things they do at work that enable them – and those around them – to be happier and more successful. The book presents a practical, evidence-based framework that helps readers use their EI to find meaning, hope, and friendships at work.

Annie McKee brings her wise voice and well-seasoned experience to that deep and perpetual conundrum, How to Be Happy at Work. Her insights offer eminently practical and powerful advice anyone can benefit from. – Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence; coauthor, Altered Traits

We are in the middle of a global epidemic of stress, burnout, and nonengagement at work, costing our economy billions and wreaking havoc on our lives. In How to Be Happy at Work, Annie McKee provides an antidote to help you engage, succeed, and thrive. – Arianna Huffington, founder, Huffington Post; founder and CEO, Thrive Global

McKee’s book revolutionizes what we thought we knew about happiness – what it is, where we can find it, and why we deserve it. A must-read for anyone seeking fulfillment in life and work. – Marshall Goldsmith, international bestselling author, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers

Leave it to Annie McKee to take on a complex and deeply personal issue – our struggle to find meaning and happiness at work – and provide a commonsense guide to doing this, with her trademark wisdom and warmth. – John Fry, President, Drexel University

The digital world is redefining the role of a leader. Leaders must help people discover meaning and purpose at work and help colleagues build authentic relationships. They must build a vision that makes people hope for a future that is better than today. At the intersection of hope, purpose, and friendships lies happiness. This book is a primer for leaders of the new world of work. – Abhijit Bhaduri, social media influencer; digital transformation coach; and author, The Digital Tsunami

When many of us could be working into our eighties, isn't it crucial to be happy at work? In this timely and fascinating book, Annie McKee draws on a lifetime of experience, insight, and wisdom to show the myths and traps that hold us back and what each of us can and must do now to find happiness at work. A crucial book for an era of longevity. – Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School

Most of us spend the majority of our lives at work. Imagine if we were all happy with how we spent that time on the job. Annie McKee's insightful book shows us that we hold the keys to our own happiness – and why happiness is a business driver we should all care about. – Tony Bingham, President and CEO, ATD (Association for Talent Development)

Transformative. With vivid and moving real-life stories, How to Be Happy at Work deepens readers understanding of what it means to be truly fulfilled and effective at work and provides clear, practical advice and instruction for how to get there – no matter what job they have. And it shows how leaders can use the powerful pillars of purpose, hope, and relationships to create and sustain happiness even when they’re under pressure.

Business & Economics / Leadership / Company Profile / Biographies & Memoirs

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella, with Greg Shaw & Jill Tracie Nichols, with a foreword by Bill Gates (Harper Business)

Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all our lives – the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It’s about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform and ‘hit refresh’ in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal.

Microsoft’s CEO tells the inside story of the company’s continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way.

Nadella, with Microsoft since 1992, is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO on February 4, 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Nadella in Hit Refresh shares his meditations as a sitting CEO – one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul – transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering call to action for world leaders.

Hit Refresh is a set of reflections, meditations, and recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement – for himself, for a storied company, and for society.

In 2014, when Nadella took over as Microsoft's third CEO in its history, the company was facing a challenging phase of transition. Innovation was suffering under the weight of bureaucracy. Teamwork was giving way to internal politics. And this trailblazing tech giant was falling behind. Nadella sought a new approach that would coincide with the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced.

"This is a book about transformation – one that is taking place today inside me and inside of our company, driven by a sense of empathy and a desire to empower others," Nadella writes. "But most importantly, it's about the change coming in every life as we witness the most transformative wave of technology yet – the coming era of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence.... At the core, it's about us humans and the unique quality we call empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt the status quo like never before."

Nadella weaves three narratives in Hit Refresh. First, he shares his personal story, from his childhood in India to his move to America and his ascendancy through the ranks at Microsoft. Next, he explores how he has initiated Microsoft's unprecedented transformation, revealing the ways in which a company has rediscovered its soul – transforming everything from culture to its fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. Finally, Nadella looks to the future, forecasting the coming wave of technology, exploring its potential impact on society, and serving a call to action to world leaders.

"Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions," writes Bill Gates in his foreword. "And he offers his own fascinating personal story, more literary quotations than you might expect, and even a few lessons from his beloved game of cricket. We should all be optimistic about what's to come. The world is getting better, and progress is coming faster than ever. This book is a … guide to an exciting, challenging future."

In this thoughtful debut, the Indian-born Nadella tells the story of his personal life and his work as a change-making leader, and he explains the coming importance of machine intelligence. The author emerges as a modest, likable individual from an accomplished family… A valuable blueprint for techies and others in a culture-change state of mind. – Kirkus Review

[An] inspiring memoir... Unpretentious and stirring, this well-written book provides surprising and welcome insights into a corporate giant. – Publishers Weekly

As inspiring as its author, Hit Refresh is essential reading for everyone living on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Children’s Books / Grade 6-8 / Geography / Science

The California Drought, Library Binding, by Laura Perdew (Ecological Disasters Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Humanity's impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. The California Drought shines a light on California's lengthy and devastating dry period. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind climate change, groundwater, and human water use patterns, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features of The California Drought include a flow chart showing the disaster's causes and effects, references, websites, source notes, and an index.

The author is Laura Perdew. The Content Consultant is Josue Medellin-Azuara, Senior Researcher at the Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis.

Chapters in The California Drought include:

  1. Extreme Drought
  2. Drought in Context
  3. The Human Factor
  4. The Urban Sector
  5. The Agricultural Sector
  6. The Environment
  7. Wildfires
  8. Living with the New Normal
  9. Into the Future

The California Drought is part of the Ecological Disasters Series.

About the Ecological Disasters Series: Coral reefs are dying. Glaciers are shrinking. Water wells have run dry, and wildfires are growing in frequency. Humankind has made choices that have disastrous effects on our world. Human trash dumped into the world's oceans harms both marine and human life. Invasive species threaten native species' survival. The millions of tons of e-waste produced yearly can poison people and the environment. Ecological Disasters chronicles today's man-made disasters and the problems they are causing. Readers learn what needs to be done to preserve our world and prevent future Ecological Disasters.

The reading level for the series is grade 8. The books have reinforced library bound hardcovers and they are aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. The books contain a table of contents, glossary of key words, informative sidebars, and sources for further research.

Books in the Ecological Disasters Series include:

  • The California Drought
  • Coral Reef Collapse
  • E-Waste
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Invasive Species
  • Melting Arctic Ice

Abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos make it easy to stay engaged with science in this series.

Children’s Books / Grades 6-12 / History / Social Studies

Race in the Criminal Justice System, Library Binding, by Alexis Burling (Race in America Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Everyone's daily lives are affected by race and racism in America. Race in the Criminal Justice System examines the experience of minorities in the court and prison system, delving into the historical institutions and laws that underpin today's system and exploring what governments and activists are doing to face these issues. Features of Race in the Criminal Justice System include essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index.

The author is Alexis Burlins. The Content Consultant is Toya Like, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Chapters in Race in the Criminal Justice System include:

  1. The Death of Sandra Bland
  2. A New Century Divided
  3. The War on Drugs
  4. Immigration and the Criminal Justice System
  5. The Scourge in Sentencing
  6. Behind Bars
  7. Post-Prison Prejudice
  8. The Prison Reform Movement

Race in the Criminal Justice System is part of the Race in America Series.

About the Race in America Series: Whether we realize it or not, our daily lives are affected by Race in America. Racism permeates the fabric of our nation’s history. Slavery, discriminatory laws, and institutional racism brought about racial inequalities. Abolitionists, civil rights activists and today’s Black Lives Matter movement have sought to counter these forces. And they have fought to bring about the equality promised in the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence. In Race in America, readers learn why the concept of race was invented, who benefits from it and who suffers under it. They discover how issues of race and racism continue to pervade our nation’s economy, the criminal justice system and everyday life.

The books in this series are aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. The reading level is grade 8. The books contain reinforced library bound hardcovers, full-color photographs, a glossary of key words, informative sidebars, sources for further research, and a table of contents.

Books in the Race in America Series include:

With Race in the Criminal Justice System and the other books in the Race in America Series, readers prepare to enter the conversation about race themselves.

Children’s Books / Grade 3-6 / Newsmakers / Biographies / Technology

Julian Assange: Founder of WikiLeaks, Library Binding, by Rachel Moritz (Newsmakers Set 2: Core Library, ABDO Publishing)

Julian Assange started a website, WikiLeaks, to share secret information and expose human rights violations around the world. Julian Assange: Founder of Wikileaks introduces readers to Assange's early life and his journey to share controversial information with the public. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers of Julian Assange a clear look at this subject.

The author is Rachel Moritz. The Content Consultant is Hannah Gurman Clinical Associate Professor, New York University.

Chapters in Julian Assange include:

  1. Does the World Need WikiLeaks?
  2. Growing Up
  3. A Young Computer Hacker
  4. The Launch of WikiLeaks
  5. Publishing War Secrets

Julian Assange is part of the Newsmakers series.

About the Newsmakers series: Every day, people are making headlines for their extraordinary actions. Each book in the Newsmakers series tells the story of an incredible individual who had changed the course of history in some significant way. Readers learn all about the people who have made an impact on the world through their efforts in social justice, technology, and politics.

Core Library is the must-have line of nonfiction books for supporting the Common Core State Standards for grades 3-6. Features include a table of contents, infographics, additional resources, and an index. The reading level is Grade 4. The books have reinforced library bound hardcovers and feature full-color photographs, a glossary of key words, informative sidebars, reviewed primary-source text, and a table of contents.

Books in the Newsmakers series include:

  • Julian Assange          
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Fidel Castro   
  • Elon Musk
  • Hillary Clinton           
  • Donald Trump
  • Ellen DeGeneres        
  • Ivanka Trump

Features of Julian Assange and the Newsmakers series include a wide variety of high-interest topics; well-researched, clearly written informational text; primary sources with accompanying questions; multiple prompts and activities for writing, reading, and critical thinking; and charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, and maps.

Communication / Linguistics / Translation

Consecutive Interpreting: An Interdisciplinary Study, 1st edition by Alexander V. Kozin, with series editor Margaret Rogers (Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

Consecutive Interpreting sheds light on the phenomenon of consecutive interpreting. It combines phenomenological and empirical analyses to build a communication theory of interpreting. Alexander V. Kozin begins by reviewing mainstream research on consecutive interpreting and then dissociates himself from it, conducting a three-tier analysis of interpreting data. He concludes by presenting an alternative theory of consecutive interpreting.

Kozin is Research Fellow at the Centre for Literature and Philosophy, University of Sussex, UK. He specializes in phenomenology and communication and has authored over 50 academic publications. Kozin in Consecutive Interpreting makes a call for a new and combined methodology for consecutive interpreting to satisfy both the relation of the phenomenon to experience as well as its social foundation. He also stresses the potential within the humanities for wider employment of the phenomenological empirical method.

This series, Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting, examines the crucial role which translation and interpreting in their myriad forms play at all levels of communication in today's world, from the local to the global. The books in this series address specific issues in both translation and interpreting with the aim not only of charting but also of shaping the discipline with respect to contemporary practice and research.

Consecutive Interpreting offers an interdisciplinary respecification of the phenomenon. Currently, consecutive interpreting appears under many guises, including such aliases as `oral,’ ‘liaison,' `dialogue,’ ‘community,' or `interlingual.' In Consecutive Interpreting, Kozin presents the subject of this investigation under the name `consecutive interpreting.' The word `consecutive' is free from the misleading associations with a specific language medium or the interpreter's mediating role. In contrast, `consecutive' implies live interaction, pointing to the embeddedness of consecutive interpreting in communication which makes it immediately distinguishable from other types of interpreting as both a presence and a consequence.

The connection of consecutive interpreting to the ordinary explains the use of phenomenology for this project. Among many forms of interlingual communication, face-to-face communication stands out as the most effective tool of building an immediate bridge between different language communities. One of the most ordinary forms of interlingual communication, consecutive interpreting suggests a capacity of negotiating linguistic and cultural differences in situ, as we do by conversing with one another. At the same time, consecutive interpreting is not a phenomenon whose relation to human proximity means that it shall be easy to capture. Like speech itself, it `lives' only as long as there is talk involved; after having marked its presence, it dissipates as quickly, apparently making little if any difference to the social world at large.

This `easy-to-see' but `hard-to-get' nature of consecutive interpreting points to yet another task Consecutive Interpreting undertakes: in addition to recovering the authentic sense of the phenomenon, it seeks to establish the significance of this form of communication for the social realm. How does one respecify consecutive interpreting? Kozin suggests that in order to answer this question, we must focus on the following concepts: structure (eidos), purpose (telos), and origin (genesis). Consecutive Interpreting attends to all the three foci in a comprehensive phenomenological-empirical inquiry.

Consecutive Interpreting has and introduction (Chapter 1), five main chapters and a Postscript. Chapter 2 explores the two key resources that made significant contributions to the emergence of consecutive interpreting from the mother discipline of translation studies.

Chapter 3 presents an interdisciplinary methodology which is custom-designed for the study of consecutive interpreting. This chapter introduces three main analytical concepts and types of phenomenological analysis: static, genetic, and generative.

Chapter 4 introduces the phenomenon of consecutive interpreting as it is given to the natural attitude in its social scientific manifestation. At the end of the static analysis, Kozin arrives at a refined definition of interpreting as `translation-in-talk.'

Chapter 5 proceeds to the next stage of the investigation: genetic analysis. The main objective of this chapter is identifying local genesis of consecutive interpreting as a phenomenon which is collaboratively constructed by all the participants in the interaction that features a strong interpersonal component. By managing to negotiate their differences (and not only linguistic ones) in a successful interpreting event, the participants `create' an interaction phenomenon, constituting its appearance as consecutive interpreting unfolding in time.

Chapter 6 explores consecutive interpreting at the symbolic level, using generative analysis and a conceptual basis from xenology, which is the newest strand of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology and semiotic phenomenology. By using the `home/alien' distinction, in this chapter, he allows a view of translation as a participant in world-making. At the end of the chapter, he invites Emmanuel Levinas to emphasize the ethical dimension of consecutive interpreting. With him, the face-to-face relation with the alien is exposed as grounded in the ethics of responsibility, or the `face.'

Consecutive Interpreting ends with a Postscript designed to featuring a short summary of the findings from the study, emphasizing uniqueness and independence of consecutive interpreting in comparison to other types of translation. In addition, the Postscript focuses on the empirical phenomenological methodology used for this study.

This is a landmark study. For the first time ever, phenomenology and communication studies are brought together and shown to illuminate each other in unexpected but essential ways. As a result, consecutive interpreting is outlined and shown to have considerable contemporary relevance. Alex Kozin's prose is crisp and lucid, and his concrete examples, drawn from many fields and sources, are clarifying and lively. This book fills a significant lacuna in phenomenology while being a major contribution to the understanding of oral discourse, interpretation, and translation. – Edward S. Casey, Stony Brook University

Consecutive Interpreting makes a clear case for a new and combined methodology for consecutive interpreting that satisfies both the relation of the phenomenon to experience as well as its social foundation. It also stresses the potential within the humanities for wider employment of the phenomenological empirical method.

Consecutive Interpreting will appeal to students and scholars of linguistics, translation, phenomenology, social interaction and communication.

Culture / Cooking, Food & Wine / Rhetorics / Gender

Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite, with series editors Cheryl Glenn & Shirley Wilson Logan (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series: Southern Illinois University Press)

A focus on food practices can help to bring specificity to examinations of cultures as well as revealing the power dynamics within them. Close attention to who is cooking what, for whom, and under what conditions can break down totalizing notions of gender, race, and class. – Arlene Avakian, "Cooking Up Lives: Feminist Food Memoirs"

Walk the aisles of a local grocery store. Are there Hungry-Man frozen dinners, Manwiches, an entire line of Skinnygirl products? How is the store organized? Are there sections for ‘ethnic’ foods, particular diets, organic foods? What foods or products are most prominent? Which ones are absent? At home, unwrap a Dove chocolate to find three words printed on the foil wrapper: ‘chocolate loves unconditionally.’

Inspired by the need for interpretations and critiques of the varied messages surrounding what and how we eat, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics collects eighteen essays that demonstrate the importance of food and food-related practices as sites of scholarly study, particularly from feminist rhetorical perspectives. Editor Melissa A. Goldthwaite is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University. The book has 18 contributors.

Contributors to Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics analyze message about food and bodies – from what a person watches and reads to where that person shops – taken from sources mundane and literary, personal and cultural. The genres, objects and practices contributors study are varied – from cookbooks to genre fiction, from blogs to food systems, from product packaging to paintings – but the overall message is the same: food and its associated practices are worthy of scholarly attention.

As told in Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics, messages surrounding food – its availability, its preparation, its consumption, its role in the lives of individuals, families, and cultures – are multiple and conflicting. Shaping messages come not just from food marketers, advertisers, and designers but from a range of sources – mundane and literary, ethnic and economic (family practices, cultural taboos, where one lives, what one watches and reads).

In response to Sherrie A. Inness's call for "more critical attention to cooking culture in general, whether it be books, television shows, Internet sites, or magazine articles," Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics on food, feminisms, and rhetorics includes rhetorical analyses of a range of texts, gendered roles, and expectations in relation to food. The authors in this collection use forms of feminist rhetorical theory to reflect on food-related texts, practices, and – in some cases – the role of food and cooking in their own lives and cultures.

According to Goldthwaite, several questions helped guide the selection of chapters for Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics. What does a particular approach to or representation of food, body, self, others, or cultures allow one to do? What are the effects? When should those approaches or representations be critiqued – and on what grounds? How does the author take rhetorical concerns – such as speaker/writer, audience, purpose, genre, and context – into account?

In working with the writers and scholars whose chapters are in Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics, Goldthweaite says she was interested in and attentive to the ways they present themselves and their subjects – to their attention to ethos as both a scholarly lens and a personal position.

Just as the purposes, contexts, and genres analyzed in Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics are varied, so are the rhetorical theories used. Some scholars illuminate traditional – often Aristotelian – concepts such as ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos, claiming their subjects use such rhetorical strategies for feminist ends. Others use more current feminist rhetorical theories, such as invitational rhetoric (Foss and Griffin) or rhetorical listening (Ratcliffe) or social circulation (Royster and Kirsch), applying these theories to practices as diverse as peace activism, pro-ana and fat positive rhetoric, and alcohol consumption. Other scholars pay attention to identity formation and the importance of self-naming, recognizing the complexity of such processes and practices and how they might be shaped and used rhetorically.

For example, Elizabeth Lowry in the last essay considers cultural associations with fatness in her study of ‘feminism, fat positive discourse, and the detective novel’ – specifically, dessert-themed books that feature a fat female protagonist whose ‘fondness for food’ helps her solve crimes. Lowry claims that such narratives and protagonists provide examples of women who accept their bodies as they are and give ‘a rhetorical space to challenge harmful assumptions about fat people.’ Yet Lowry also acknowledges the range of representations in such novels – that some of these books fail to take into account the complexities of the protagonist's embodied reality or sometimes perpetuate gender stereotypes.

As Lowry seeks to answer the question of whether fat positive detective novels should be considered feminist, she makes clear that feminism is not ‘a monolithic discourse,’ which is, perhaps, the main message of Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics. Food, gender, identity, culture – and the language, strategies, and represen­tations used to talk and write about these aspects of living and being – are complex and often full of irony. A ‘transsexual escort model’ who calls herself Mandi Faux can create a pro-ana website that invites an audience of mainly young women to recover from disordered eating. Those who are starving can be represented as nourished; hunger can be both physical and emotional; images used to represent ‘authenticity’ may have little connection to a complex reality; cookbooks can teach more than how to cook. And even though there exists no perfect recipe for dismantling unjust social, political, and economic hierarchies; no language that communicates with every audience; no food that can satisfy every hunger – there are, each day, opportunities to nourish, to learn better methods for preparing food and for analyzing it, to critique and to be more generous in sharing foods, practices, ideas, and ourselves.

From discussions of narrative-focused methodologies and food texts as political artifacts, to culinary practices’ influence on definitions of ‘feminist’ lenses then and now, to cooking and consumption behaviors as intentional and tacit contributors to value systems, to the impact of food on sociocultural attitudes toward female physicality, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics demonstrates how a rhetorical approach uniquely can encompass all things food. – Adrienne Lamberti, author of Talking the Talk: Revolution in Agricultural Communication
Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics poses significant questions about the gendered history of cooking; about representations of food across time, cultures, and genres; and about the intimate link between eating and embodiment. The diversity of theoretical approaches and historiographic methodologies ensures readers will find much to feast on in these pages. – Jane Greer, editor of Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present Moment
The contributors to this book cogently demonstrate how food – its preparation, history, and representation – is imbued with relations of power: how in some instances it can reinforce limiting gender roles and racial inequality on the one hand but on the other can offer creative possibilities for breaking down social inequalities. This is a must-read for any scholar interested in how food can be transformative.
– Rebecca Dingo, author of Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing
The authors in this essay collection ask themselves how female voices, frequently silenced in history, can be heard in unprecedented ways if we look at the way they expressed themselves around cooking, eating, and thinking about food. Who tells a story has the power to determine its meaning, and plenty of stories can be told through food. As Goldthwaite states in the introduction to the volume, “messages we receive can shape the way we view, define, and feel about food, ourselves and others."
– Fabio Parasecoli, The New School 

Through Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics, Goldthwaite values the contributions of both feminist and rhetorical theories, bringing them together in productive ways and providing a forum for many voices – including both new and established scholars.

Education / Teaching & Learning / Writing / Guides

Back to the Lake: A Reader and Guide, with 2016 MLA Update, 3rd edition by Thomas Cooley (W.W. Norton & Company)

Thomas Cooley says in the preface to Back to the Lake, that he first read E. B. White's classic essay "Once More to the Lake" with awe and wonder as a freshman in a college writing course. Only years later did he realize that White worked his magic with common rhetorical techniques – narration, description, comparison, and the other modes of writing discussed in this book – that good writers use every day in all kinds of texts and contexts. Far from magic, these standard techniques could be applied to his own writing, whether to structure a paragraph or an entire essay, or, even more essentially, to generate ideas and organize his thoughts throughout the writing process.

Cooley is professor of English at The Ohio State University.

Back to the Lake, 3rd edition includes new chapters on writing paragraphs and using rhetorical modes in academic writing – which show how the patterns taught in the book are used in the kinds of writing college students are expected to do. New readings are on timely topics that will engage students. Templates and marginal notes that explicitly link the readings and the writing instruction help students apply the lessons in this book to their own writing. The book has been updated to reflect the 2016 MLA update.

Cooley says in Back to the Lake that people now take it for granted that the process of writing is one we can learn – and teach. This was not the case in White's day, however, as he discovered when, as a young associate professor of English, Cooley rashly fired off a letter asking him to explain how he composed "Once More to the Lake." To his astonishment, White not only responded to his letter, he said he didn't really know how he wrote anything. “The ‘process,’” White confided, "is probably every bit as mysterious to me as it is to some of your students – if that will make them feel any better."

Fortunately for today's students and teachers, the scene has changed; we now know a lot more than we once did about how the writing process works and how to teach it. Back to the Lake – which takes its title from White's essay – applies this understanding of the process to show students how to make the basic moves that seasoned writers make, whether consciously or otherwise, in their writing. A new take on the traditional rhetorical modes, the book shows how they are used in the kinds of writing college students are most often assigned – arguments, analyses, reports, and narratives.

Back to the Lake is a reader and guide for writers. It contains more than 75 readings – from the classic ("Grant and Lee") to the most current ("A Zombie Is a Slave Forever") – all demonstrating that the rhetorical methods taught in the book are ones that all good writers use. Each mode is represented by 6 or 7 readings, including at least one annotated student example and one story or poem. This new 3rd edition also shows how the modes are used in all the kinds of writing students are expected to do.

  • Chapter 1 introduces students to the principles of analytical reading, taking them through the basic steps of reading with a critical eye.
  • Chapter 2 covers the basic moves of academic writing, helping students research a topic, synthesize ideas, respond with ideas of their own, consider counterarguments, and explain why their ideas matter.
  • Chapter 3 shows how the methods discussed in Back to the Lake can be used in all kinds of academic writing, including reports, position papers, rhetorical analyses, evaluations, and proposals.
  • Chapter 4 gives an overview of the writing process, preparing students to analyze assignments; come up with topics and generate ideas; draft and revise an essay with a particular audience and purpose in mind; and edit and proofread.
  • Chapter 5 provides guidance on writing paragraphs, with an in-depth discussion of topic sentences, transitions, and parallel structures – and how to use the modes to develop coherent paragraphs.
  • Chapters 6 through 14 each focus on one of the rhetorical modes as a basic method of discovery and development. Practical guidelines lead students through the process of composing a text using that mode: generating ideas, organizing and drafting, getting feedback, and revising and editing a final draft.
  • Chapter 15 demonstrates how much real-world writing combines those methods.

An appendix on using sources offers guidance in finding, incorporating, and docu­menting sources MLA-style – and includes an annotated student research paper. All MLA documentation reflects the new guidelines in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook.

A glossary / index completes the book, providing definitions of all the key terms along with a list of the pages where they are covered in detail.

New to this 3rd edition of Back to the Lake are 38 new readings, and a new chapter on writing paragraphs. Expanded coverage of academic writing, with a new chapter showing how the modes are used in the kinds of writing college students are most often assigned; along with academic examples and writing prompts; and an index of readings arranged by common academic genres makes it easy to locate examples.

A clear, coherent format with useful student essays in every chapter, written with humor and wit, with relevant everyday examples and a wonderful, wide range of readings. – Curtis Fukuchi, Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus

A well-organized, thoughtfully compiled text that delicately balances both reading and writing. – Kelley D. McKay Fuemmeler, Missouri Valley College

Its format, choice of readings, and overall academic style are superior to other readers for English composition. The text is readable and provides excellent practical tips for young writers. – James Rawlins, Sussex County Community College

Tom Cooley, on the art writing, particularly academic writing, really hits the ball out of the park. Students and teachers should find what he says extremely engaging and at times even outright entertaining and amusing. – Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, University of Illinois, Chicago

Readings and writing instruction are explicitly linked with notes in the margins that make Back to the Lake work well in courses taking an integrated reading-writing approach. And many additional new design elements like color coding, boxes, checklists and a menu inside the back cover make the book especially easy to use.

Health & Wellness / Nutrition

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health, 1st edition by Marie Spano, Laura Kruskall, & D. Travis Thomas (Human Kinetics)

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health includes applied content and research-based guidelines to help students distinguish between nutrition recommendations backed by science and the plethora of misinformation available in the field. This comprehensive resource blends nutrition and exercise science with practical information to provide an understanding of how nutrition affects sports, exercise, and overall health.

Authors are Marie A. Spano, Laura J. Kruskall, and D. Travis Thomas. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD, is one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists and the sports performance nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons. Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND, is an associate professor and director of nutrition sciences at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND, is an associate professor of clinical and sports nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and director of the undergraduate certificate program in nutrition for human performance at the University of Kentucky.

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health covers the basics of nutrition, including the functions of and daily allowances for carbohydrate, fat, and protein, as well as micronutrient recommendations; the importance of hydration and electrolyte balance; nutrition in health and disease prevention; population-based nutrition considerations for training and sports; and practical information on measuring and altering body composition. Students will discover career opportunities available to them, including qualifications and job responsibilities for each position.

The full-color text includes more than 70 photos and more than 140 illustrations. Concepts are presented in a user-friendly manner, and each chapter includes a number of features that enhance understanding:

  • Chapter objectives provide a roadmap to ease students into upcoming content.
  • Key terms help students focus on important vocabulary. The key terms are identified at the beginning of the chapter, appear in boldface within the chapter, and are included within the glossary, where they are defined.
  • Putting It Into Perspective sidebars contain vignettes that help college students relate to the content and apply the concepts to their own lives.
  • Do You Know? sidebars are short callouts that provide key insights and easy takeaways for students.
  • Review questions help students identify areas they may need to revisit as well as reinforce key concepts.

Instructors will find a suite of ancillaries that will assist in their teaching. The instructor guide and presentation package plus image bank help in preparing for class, while the test package and chapter quizzes help assess student learning.

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health provides readers with practical information they can use to enhance their everyday lives as well as the sports and physical activities that are part of their lives. For students with an interest in working in the field of sport nutrition, sports medicine, or another related field, the book supplies in a single text the foundation of knowledge readers need to get the best start on their career paths.

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health is organized in a logical sequence, with each chapter building on what was learned in the previous chapter. Part I provides an overview of the role nutrition plays in overall well-being throughout the life span. Energy metabolism is discussed, including the roles of macronutrients and micronutrients and how exercise affects nutrient needs. The three chapters in part II focus on each energy-yielding macronutrient, its role in health and disease, and dietary recommendations that support health and an active lifestyle.

After learning about macronutrients, readers are introduced in part III to the roles of micronutrients in health and performance. Chapters on vitamins and minerals cover population-specific intake recommendations, consequences of excess intake or dietary shortfalls, and supplemental intake. This part of Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health covers water and electrolytes as well as nutrition supplements and drugs. The role of fluid in health and human performance is discussed, and fluid and electrolyte guidelines are recommended. The chapter on nutrition supplements and drugs covers popular dietary supplements, supplement claims, third-party testing, drugs in sports, and the untoward effects of alcohol on sports performance.

Part IV provides information on the application of nutrition to health and fitness. Ideal body weight and body composition is discussed, including how to measure body composition and achieve optimal body composition and weight; nutrition recommendations are provided for aerobic endurance and resistance training. The final chapter discusses nutrition concerns and recommendations for special populations and individuals at distinct life stages, including children, adolescents, masters athletes, diabetics, vegetarians, pregnant women, and individuals with eating disorders or disordered eating.

Practical, comprehensive, engagingly written, and user-friendly, Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health is for students studying fitness, exercise science, health, nutrition, physical therapy, and closely related majors. This text is also an excellent reference for athletic trainers, strength coaches, wellness professionals, health coaches, health and physical education teachers, coaches, fitness instructors, athletic directors, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, military personnel, and government employees working in health and human performance. Armed with accessible, research-based applications, students and professionals alike will have the tools they need to improve athletic performance, exercise outcomes, and general well-being.

Health & Wellness / Self-Help

108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential: A Cardiologist Translates the Science of Health and Healing into Practice by Mimi Guarneri M.D. (Hay House)

In many cultures, people use prayer beads such as the rosary or the 108-bead mala as a guide in their spiritual or meditative practice. In 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, Dr. Mimi Guarneri blends modern science and ancient wisdom to offer her own guide of 108 pearls – steps readers can take to awaken the healing potential of body, mind, and spirit.

Board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and holistic medicine, Guarneri is president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, the founder and medical director of Guarneri Integrative Health at the Pacific Pearl La Jolla, and senior advisor at Atlantic Health for the Center for Well Being.

Drawing from her experience as an internationally renowned cardiologist, scholar, author, and leading proponent of integrative medicine, Guarneri in 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential translates the science of health, healing, and longevity into practical answers to lead readers to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

With the guide of the 108 pearls in 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, they learn why their genes do not determine their destiny; how to adopt a damage-proof diet; how to turn stress into strength; how to achieve holistic mental health; how to nourish their relationships; how to tap into the healing power of their thoughts; and how to strengthen their spirituality and heal their energy body. Most importantly, they learn how to use what they have learned to help heal the planet. Once readers realize that wellness is the result of an intimate dance between oneself and the world, they will move from just surviving to thriving.

In 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential Guarneri develops a step-by-step program that addresses everything from the foods people eat to the relationships they cultivate, to the way they work and play, to the amount of stress in one’s life and how to transform it.

As a cardiologist, Guarneri says she was taught to save lives by opening blocked arteries with metal sleeves called stents. Stents scaffold the artery open and restore the healthy flow of blood to the heart. It is both a mechanical procedure and a true miracle of modern medicine, one that she has performed thousands of times during her career.

Yet another kind of heart opening occurs when people let love, compassion, and purpose guide their choices: when they honor their bodies and respect the planet, give time to friends and loved ones, engage in meaningful work and community activities, and remain true to their deepest beliefs and values.

Why 108 pearls? There are 108 beads on a traditional mala, which is used for counting or chanting a mantra or sacred word, much like a string of rosary beads used by Catholics in prayer. The number 108 is considered to be sacred in Hinduism, where repetitive prayer is embedded into the everyday experience (which, of course, is true in most every culture).

The steps in this program are designed to prevent and improve common diseases utilizing the science of health. Throughout the process, readers are asked to visualize their healthiest, happiest, and most prosperous self. Then they are given the knowledge, the tools, and the support they need to get there. These pearls will teach readers everything they need to know to stay healthy from a mind-body-spirit perspective. Each step is a simple solution that they can put into practice, often immediately.

The steps provide information that leads to knowl­edge, but putting each step to practice in one’s life is what leads to transformation.

In 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, the extraordinary Dr. Mimi Guarneri takes you step by step on an amazing healing journey. You'll discover that many major diseases are preventable – and often reversible. – Dean Ornish, M.D., founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine, UCSF; and author of Love and Survival: The Healing Power of Intimacy

In 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, Dr. Mimi Guarneri guides you on a journey to transform your body, mind, and spirit in the quest for wellbeing and longevity. – Deepak Chopra, M.D., co-author of You Are the Universe, founder of The Chopra Foundation, and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and

108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential provides a comprehensive, step-by-step program that addresses everything from the foods readers eat to the amount of stress in their lives and how to transform it.

History / Crafts & Hobbies / Restoration

Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down one of my favorite amusements. – Thomas Jefferson

There is something about antique homes and their hard-working barns that captures the imagination. Maybe it’s their pleasing proportions, maybe they remind us of a simpler time, or maybe we sense that these venerable old survivors that were built when our country was young have seen it all. But how many of us have bothered to listen to the stories they tell or tried to understand what makes them tick? Antique New England Homes & Barns reveals the essence of antique New England homes and barns – their history, the people who built them, why they were built that way, and how to restore them, piece by piece, without losing their character.

Author Jim DeStefano, P.E., AIA, F.SEI, is a structural engineer and an architect. He is the president of DeStefano & Chamberlain in Fairfield, Connecticut, and a recognized authority on the restoration of historic structures and timber frame construction.

In Antique New England Homes & Barns readers learn to identify architectural styles from different periods, how to strategize a restoration, and how to approach it systematically, from the timber frame to the floors, walls, and ceilings, windows and doors, wiring, finishes, and landscaping.

DeStafano says the story he tells in Antique New England Homes & Barns began in the spring of 1981 when he purchased his antique home in Westport, Connecticut. It didn't look much like an antique at the time. Most people described it as a wreck or just a dump, but he could see its potential. It wasn't his first renovation project but it was the most ambitious. His antique home was built in 1809 by Delancy Allen, an alleged distant relative of Ethan Allen – the rowdy leader of Vermont's Green Mountain Boys. His original plan was to restore the house in a few years, sell it for a profit, and do it all over again with another house. It seemed like a good idea at the time….

About five years later he says he sat down and had a long talk with himself. He was insane if he thought that he was going to do this again. The house was finally weathertight and livable. He was going to enjoy the house and continue to restore it at a less frantic pace. He had also made the biggest mistake any real estate developer could make – he had become emotionally attached. It was no longer a real estate deal, it was now his home for life.

Over the subsequent decades, restoration proceeded at a relaxed and civilized pace. The building support systems such as roofing, heating, plumbing, and electrical had been tackled in the early years so he could now focus on the more gratifying finish work. Bite-size portions of the house were cordoned off and worked on while he and his wife lived in the rest of the house. After every room in the house had been renovated once, he says he could not stop. He dove right into a second generation of projects, tearing out things that he did in the 1980s`and doing them over with better ideas and workmanship.

Antique New England Homes & Barns reveals the essence of antique New England homes and barns and how to strategize a restoration.

History / U.S. / Freemasonry

American Freemasonry: Its Revolutionary History and Challenging Future by Alain de Keghel, with forewords by Arturo de Hoyos & Margaret C. Jacob, translated from the French by Jon E. Graham (Inner Traditions)

American Freemasonry explores the American Masonic system and its strengths and failings. It examines the history of Freemasonry in the United States from the colonial era and the Revolutionary War to the rise of the Scottish branch onward. It also investigates the racial split in American Freemasonry between black lodges and white and how, unlike French lodges, women are ineligible to become Masons in the U.S.

Freemasonry bears the imprint of the society in which it exists, and Freemasonry in North America is no exception. While keeping close ties to French lodges until 1913, American Freemasonry was also deeply influenced by the experiences of many early American political leaders, leading to distinctive differences from European lodges.
Offering an unobstructed view of the American system and its strengths and failings, Author Alain de Keghel served as chair of the Supreme Council of the Grand Orient of France from 2002 to 2008. In 1994 he became a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite Research Society (Southern U.S. jurisdiction). The chair of an independent European Masonic Research Society, he has worked with the Philalethes Society in North America and with the research lodge Quatuor Coronati no. 8 in Germany. He is the former Consul General of France in Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

In American Freemasonry de Keghel reveals the special relationship between the French Masonic hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers, especially George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, including French Freemasonry’s role in the American Revolution. He also explores Franklin’s Masonic membership, including how he was Elder of the lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris.
De Keghel in American Freemasonry examines how American Freemasonry has remained deeply religious across the centuries and forbids discussion of religious or social issues in its lodges, unlike some branches of French Freemasonry, which removed belief in God as a prerequisite for membership in 1877 and whose lodges operate in some respects as philosophical debating societies. Revealing the factors that have resulted in shrinking Masonic enrollment in America, the author explores the revitalization work done by the Grand Lodge of California.

I recommend this volume to any with an interest in the development of the Craft in the United States and am confident it will make a serious and useful investment of their time. De Keghel’s view from a Scottish Rite perspective is of particular interest to me, a York Rite as well as a Scottish Rite Mason. I encourage all serious students of this subject to include American Freemasonry into their library. – Edmund D. Harrison, 33º, general grand high priest (2011–2014)
American Freemasonry is everything one should expect from an author with Alain de Keghel’s impressive resume. The author is a committed and accomplished Freemason, scholar, historian, and career diplomat. The book reflects his years of travel, study, and extensive Masonic activity around the world. It should be read by every American Freemason who is willing to learn and think beyond what he is exposed to in everyday Masonic study. Mr. de Keghel presents an extensive history of our Craft on both sides of the ocean and philosophical divides, which is well worth the effort to read and ponder. It may be a very long time, if ever, that we may reconcile the differences outlined in the book. This should not prevent us but rather encourage us to better understand how our brothers from other Masonic traditions practice their Craft and how they perceive us. Reading this book should further promote interaction with all our brothers within the bounds of our obligations. Interaction is always a good thing, especially with a group with whom, despite our differences, we have so very much in common. I highly recommend this book to every inquiring Freemason. – Marti L. Kanter, past master of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York

De Keghel in American Freemasonry sounds the call to make Freemasonry and its principles relevant to America once again. The book will be enjoyed by Freemasons everywhere.

History / World War II

Miracle at the Litza: Hitler's First Defeat on the Eastern Front by Alf R. Jacobsen, translated from the Norwegian by Frank Stewart (Casemate Publishers)

Based on previously unpublished material, Miracle at the Litza, written by Alf Reidar Jacobsen, describes the bitter and bloody fighting that would lead to Hitler’s first defeat on the Eastern Front.

Jacobsen is a former investigative journalist in the fields of finance and political surveillance, and has served as head of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s Brennpunkt team, which is similarly devoted to in-depth investigation of topical issues. In 1998 he was awarded the Riverton Prize, the Norwegian equivalent of the Silver Dagger, for his crime novel Kharg.

As told in Miracle at the Litza, in the early summer of 1941 a select unit of German mountain soldiers under the command of General Eduard Dietl set out in the far north of Scandinavia to attack Russia. Operation Silberfuchs was a key part of the invasion of Russia. A diehard Nazi and one of Hitler’s closest comrades, Dietl, and his similarly fanatical officers had every expectation of winning glory and fame by conquering the strategically important city of Murmansk.
But conditions at the northernmost section of the Eastern Front would ensure no easy victory. The trackless tundra and extremes of weather created not only major challenges for moving troops and equipment but also hellish deathtraps. Despite this, German fire power and determination led to initial quick gains against the Russians who were perilously thinly stretched. Stalin had failed to mobilize and the British hesitated to come to the rescue of the Red Army, expecting imminent collapse. But while the situation for both sides steadily worsened, the Russians’ resistance increased. Three bloody efforts to force the river Litza were repulsed and German losses mounted.

Miracle at the Litza fills the gap in knowledge about Hitler’s first defeat on the Eastern Front. Its narrative is based on many years of work in archives in Norway, Great Britain, Germany and Russia, based on Axel Wittenberg’s effort combing through the German military archives in Freiburg, and Miroslav Morozov’s work discovering important information in the Russian military archives in Moscow. The opening of the Enigma archives made it possible to give an accurate description of the code-breakers' contribution to the Royal Navy's enormously effective offensive against the German convoy traffic along the coast of Finnmark during the decisive weeks in August and September 1941.

Jacobsen is a brilliant story-teller. – Solgunn Solli, Altaposten
Miracle at the Litza is written with presence and suspense and takes the reader on a tour-de-force of the battlefield. – Guri Hjeltnes, VG

Despite the significant effect Operation Barbarossa had on the Arctic war, we have until now lacked an in-depth work about what happened on the northern sector of the Eastern Front in the summer of 1941 and its relevance to the negotiations about aid to the Soviet Union. Miracle at the Litza, an exciting and authoritative narrative, takes readers several steps forward in understanding that mystery.

Literature & Fiction / Novel

The Future Won't Be Long: A Novel by Jarett Kobek (Viking)
The Future Won't Be Long is a euphoric, provocative novel about friendship, sex, art, clubbing, and ambition set in 1980s and ’90s New York City, from Jarett Kobek, the author of I Hate the Internet, an international bestseller that has appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in seven languages. Kobek is a Turkish American writer living in California.

In The Future Won't Be Long, when Adeline, a wealthy art student, chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat, the two begin a fiery friendship that propels them through a decade of New York life. In the apartments and bars of downtown Manhattan to the infamous nightclub The Limelight, Adeline is Baby’s guardian angel, introducing him to a city not yet overrun by gentrification. They live through an era of New York punctuated by the deaths of Warhol, Basquiat, Wojnarowicz, and the Tompkins Square Park riots and by the rise of Club Kid culture. Adeline is fiercely protective of Baby, even bringing him home with her to Los Angeles, but he soon takes over his own education. Once just a kid off the bus from Wisconsin, Baby soon finds himself at the center of the Club Kid social scene, cavorting with Michael Alig and James St. James at The Tunnel, Limelight, and Alig's infamous ‘Outlaw Party’ at a midtown McDonald's.
Baby relishes ketamine-fueled clubbing nights and acid days in LA, and he falls deep into the Club Kid twilight zone of sexual excess. He must write his way out of clubbing life, and their friendship, an alliance that seemed nearly impenetrable, is tested and betrayed, leaving each unmoored as the world around them seems to be unraveling.

As Adeline and Baby both develop into the artists they never expected to become, Kobek in The Future Won't Be Long pays tribute to the last gasps of the gritty, drug-fueled scene of the East Village, as gentrifiers begin to trickle in.

Hard not to recommend.... Full of delightfully cynical aphorisms.... At the heart of The Future Won't Be Long is the friendship between Baby and Adeline – at once loving and destructive and convincingly drawn by Kobek. – Kevin Nguyen,

Have you been pining for tales of drug-fueled big-city debauchery set in the pre-digital era, when MTV was king, people still used landlines and hookups were orchestrated on dance floors instead of dating apps? Look no further. – The Washington Post
A swirling, name-dropping, drug-fueled, hypersaturated whirlwind of a novel set against the New York City of the 1980s and '90s, Kobek’s latest is a gritty coming-of-age story with quiet heart.... An ode to a city – and an era – long gone. – Kirkus Reviews
Ambitious.... Kobek crafts an electric tale, and the wilds of New York City during this intense time period provide a gritty, undeniably magnetic context. – Booklist

Set primarily in Manhattan in the tumultuous decade spanning the years 1986 to 1996, the picaresque novel refracts the coming of age of its two main characters through their alternating narrative viewpoints and the events and personalities that defined the city at that time.... Kobek (I Hate the Internet) has a great eye for detail, and his descriptions of his characters’ peregrinations through New York’s neighborhoods and nightlife read with the authenticity of genuine experience. Punctuated with gentle humor and awash with genuine fondness for its characters, this novel breezes giddily through the disorder and shifting landscape of their lives, bearing out Baby’s contention that ‘Good or ill, there’s always change coming.’ – Publishers Weekly
New York, like the future, isn’t what it used to be – which is why Jarett Kobek lives in California and writes like a dream. His new novel is a marvel of wit, grit, and deep city memory – perfect for any reader in search of a Horatio Alger into toilet sex and ketamine.
– Joshua Cohen, author of The Book of Numbers and Moving Kings
The Future Won't Be Long arrives with the lightning strike clarity that usually comes on the dance floor at 4am when the chaos of the world makes beautiful and profound sense. Kobek brilliantly gathers the best and worst of club land, the grit and grime of the East Village and the art and aspirations of its inhabitants and delivers a novel so evocative of time and place that you’ll be pretty certain you were there. – Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
Jarett Kobek’s writing is both groundbreaking and skyrocketing.
The Future Won't Be Long is a punky, heartbreaking and hilarious epic on America going nowhere, going crazy, going bad. Read this book. It's brilliant. – Dorthe Nors, author of the Man Booker International Prize Finalist Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
The Great New York City Novel has been loudly attempted and proclaimed so many times, one is tempted to assume it simply couldn’t exist. Yet, with piercing intelligence, vitality, hilarity, and a rather startling sweetness, Jarett Kobek has done it. 
The Future Won't Be Long is staggering, exhilarating, and the single best portrait of Lower Manhattan achieved since American Psycho. – Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine

Riotously funny and wise, The Future Won't Be Long is an ecstatic, propulsive novel coursing with a rare vitality, an elegy to New York and to the relationships that have the power to change – and save – our lives.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Art

Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, Ph.D. (Mount Tabor Books: Paraclete Press)

Through image and word, author Rev. Jill KH Geoffrion unfolds the story of Mary at Chartres on the pages of Visions of Mary.

Geoffrion, PhD is an ordained pastor with the American Baptist Churches. She has written many books and articles, particularly on the study of labyrinth as a form of prayer. Geoffrion is also an accomplished photographer and spends a considerable part of each year in residence at Chartres Cathedral.

Geoffrion in Visions of Mary offers a unique visual and meditative journey through Chartres Cathedral in this newest addition to the Mount Tabor Books series. Showing and explaining the most engaging images of Mary created in this location over the last eight centuries, Geoffrion introduces readers to the depth and breadth of the story of Mary at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres. Included are over seventy-five images of the Virgin of Chartres that have been recently restored as well as works of sculpture, painting and liturgical items. Readers discover an architectural marvel, a stunning showcase for the most complete twelfth and thirteenth century collection of stained glass in the world, with many images of Mary as Jesus’ mother, based on biblical stories such as the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation at the Temple, and Flight to Egypt.

According to Geoffrion in Visions of Mary, Mary is everywhere present in the images in Chartres Cathedral, though never shown as one who sought to draw attention to herself. She knew that her only vocation was to manifest for us, and share with us, the gift of salvation through the coming of the Word made flesh in and through her, Jesus. She wants readers, like the servants at the wedding in Cana, to "Do everything he tells you to do." Actively taking part in God's plan, she lives in familiarity with the Lord..

Visions of Mary is the story of Mary. It is also and in crucial ways the story of Chartres. It is also our story today. Throughout the cathedral are signs that tell this story, one that grew through the ways people experienced her help, encouragement, and witness over the centuries. In these pages, Geoffrion shares her passion and insights into the role Mary has played in her life and continues to play in the lives of the faithful.

This is a book of homage, a luminous compendium to Mary, Our Lady of Chartres, as exemplified by the creators of her cathedral. Through over seventy-five images of Mary, which tell her story over some nine centuries of devotion, Jill Geoffrion leads us into a deep understanding of what Mary meant, beginning in the twelfth century, when the Virgin was known as both Divine Intercessor and Holy Empress, able to span the gap between Heaven and Earth, God and humanity. This rich commentary, with a marvelous array of photographs from the windows and sculpture, inspires us to know God more deeply. – John James, Architect, art historian, and author of The Contractors of Chartres and In Search of the Unknown in Medieval Architecture

This book takes us on a fascinating and enlightening journey through the depictions of Mary in Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral. The author's boundless affection and passion for Mary as an extraordinary mother, full of humanity and love, is contagious. Writing in a clear and engaging style, Jill Geoffrion skillfully weaves valuable scholarly references to biblical texts and historical material with popular lore that span centuries of beliefs and rituals. The book will undoubtedly become a ‘must-be’ companion to those who set out to learn the story of Mary from the Chartres iconography. As I closed the book, I wanted to travel immediately to Chartres and immerse myself in all the representations of Mary so brilliantly described and intimately photographed in this beautiful volume. The story of Mary, so well retold here, will certainly be a source of inspiration, counsel, and comfort for generations to come. – Dominique Lallement, president of the American Friends of Chartres

This is an extraordinary text: rich in historical information, theological reflection, and, above all, the author's passionate love of one of Europe's most beautiful buildings, the Cathedral of Chartres. It is also an innovative essay in Mariology, drawing readers into the mystery of the best-known woman in human history. – Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Director, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy, and author of Art and Prayer: The Beauty of Turning to God

… This is an excellently written text, well documented with relevant biblical and exegetic sources, and superbly illustrated with photographic details. – Malcolm Miller, distinguished guide and author of Chartres Cathedral

This book makes a crucial contribution to the literature devoted to Mary. The author here traces the trajectory of this story beginning with Mary as the Mother of Jesus, continuing with her role as Mother of God and Mother of the Church, all the way to expressions of her importance in contemporary perspective. One finds evidence throughout this beautiful volume of the author's sustained commitment to exploring these Marian themes as they are to be found at Chartres. The text, grounded in solid research, reveals the author's enthusiasm and deeply felt convictions for this material. The superb pictures that grace these pages, together with an exhaustive bibliography and glossary, make this a book to be highly recommended. – Helge Burggrabe, musician and composer of the oratorio commissioned for the Chartres millennial

Geoffrion gathers the fruit of her many years of work at Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral in this superbly illustrated edition. At once a treasure of visual devotion to Mary and an invitation to a unique meditative journey, Visions of Mary explores the story of Mary through nine centuries of artistic work, theological reflection, and faith. Readers will find in the book an invitation to experience the rich devotion of the Church through the ages.

Religion & Spirituality / Taoism

The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program: How to Open Up and Awaken to the Infinite River of Life, Audio CD – Audiobook, 6CDs, Unabridged, running time: 6 hrs, 56 mins by Pedram Shojai (Sounds True)

For centuries, an isolated monastery in China has held an unbroken lineage of powerful Taoist alchemical practices for health and vitality. Now, former Taoist monk and Qi Gong master Pedram Shojai shares these once secret teachings in a 6-part audio training. Blending meditation, breathwork, and movement, The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program takes listeners on a gentle yet powerful journey into the realms of internal alchemy – where they can wake up to who they really are and align with their greatest potential.

Shojai is a New York Times bestselling author and an accomplished physician. Better known as “The Urban Monk,” Shojai draws from his own extensive training with the Yellow Dragon Monastery in China to bring listeners this in-depth Qi Gong program.

Listeners begin by identifying where cultural and lifestyle influences are holding them back so they can get out of their own way. Then they learn to hone and focus their attention and move energy and qi throughout the body. As listeners progress, they discover that they have the ability to dissolve physical pain, relieve stress and fear, and feel more alive in their bodies. Shojai concludes with the traditional Taoist practice of “Opening to the Golden Flower,” a technique to open the third eye so they can see the truth of their own consciousness. 
“Internal alchemy is the great work,” teaches Shojai. “It is the foundation that allows us to calm and focus our minds, tap into infinite reserves of energy, and cultivate lasting health and vitality. This is the key to becoming more realized beings.”
Designed to be learned in progression and continued as a lifelong path, The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program shares Taoist secrets of health, clarity, resilience, and personal empowerment, allowing listeners to awaken to the fullest expression of their lives.
Some highlights of the program include:

  • Ancient energy techniques from an unbroken lineage of Taoist masters.
  • Sequential practices – each level brings listeners to deeper realms of realization.
  • Other practices, including The Microcosmic Orbit, Kidney Breathing, Shaking Qi Gong, and Freeze Frame Forgiveness.
  • Tapping into the body’s dantiens, or energy centers, and channel energy throughout the body.
  • In-depth teachings, guided meditations, and movement exercises for complete transformation.
  • Becoming healthier, happier, and more alive in one’s body as one taps into the river of life.

With The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program, listeners discover the Urban Monk’s secrets for optimal well-being. The audiobook provides a complete Qi Gong series.
Science / Archaeology / Neolithic Period

The Neolithic of Europe: Papers in Honour of Alasdair Whittle, 1st edition edited by Penny Bickle, Vicki Cummings, Daniela Hofmann, & Joshua Pollard (Oxbow Books)

The Neolithic of Europe comprises eighteen specially commissioned papers on prehistoric archaeology, written by leading international scholars. The papers are presented in honor of Alasdair Whittle, to celebrate the enormous impact he has had on the study of prehistory, especially the European and British Neolithic, and his rich career in archaeology.

The editorial team for The Neolithic of Europe includes Penny Bickle, Vicki Cummings, Daniela Hofman and Joshua Pollard. Bickle is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of York, where she is also director of studies for the Masters in Funerary Archaeology. Cummings is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire. Hofmann is Junior Professor for Prehistory at Hamburg University. Pollard is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Several papers in The Neolithic of Europe discuss new scientific approaches to key questions in Neolithic research, while others offer interpretive accounts of aspects of the archaeological record. Thematically, the main foci are on Neolithisation; the archaeology of Neolithic daily life, settlements and subsistence; as well as monuments and aspects of world view. A number of contributions highlight the recent impact of techniques such as isotopic analysis and statistically modeled radiocarbon dates on our understanding of mobility, diet, lifestyles, events and historical processes.

Several papers discuss new scientific approaches to key questions in Neolithic research, while others offer interpretive accounts of aspects of the archaeological record.

In the first paper, Penny Bickle and Evita Kalogiropoulou compare settlement practices in two contrasting areas of Neolithic Europe: northern Greece and the Paris basin. They investigate whether there was a shared Neolithic house `ontology' that can be identified in the forms and orientations of daily life at settlements in the two regions.

James Whitley's paper considers the end of tells in the central and northern Aegean, thinking about their use beyond the Neolithic into the Bronze and Iron Ages. He discovers that there was not a single point in time when tells stopped being occupied; instead, they seem to have gradually fallen out of use.

Steve Mills, Mark Macklin and Pavel Mirea explore the dynamic character of human-river interactions in the Teleorman valley. For the Teleorman valley, they suggest that a more stable riverine environment may have contributed to the attraction of a Neolithic lifestyle, while a period of greater instability could be associated with the end of tell settlements.

In the first of two papers in The Neolithic of Europe centered on burial evidence from the Carpathian basin, Eszter Banffy, Janos Jakucs, Kitti Kohler, Tibor Marton, Krisztian Oross and Anett Osztas discuss unusual burials from three Neolithic sites in the Sarkoz region of southern Hungary. Large-scale inter-regional communication networks, local situations and the intimate, personal scale of each individual burial event hence combine to create a rich and complex picture that must be appreciated at several analytical scales – something Alasdair has always advocated in his work.

Pal Raczky and Alexandra Anders take these issues further by adding multiple temporal layers into the mix. Their analysis focuses on the site of Polgar-Csoszhalom, where a tell settlement, an associated flat site and enclosure ditches have been uncovered. Raczky and Anders present four unusual interments and conclude that burial is a mutable arena for expressing social relations, one that responds to historical transformations.

Rick Schulting and Dusan Borie have set themselves the challenging task of comparing processes of Neolithisation in southeast Europe and in Britain and Ireland using isotopic evidence.

Laszlo Bartosiewicz, Alice Choyke and Ffion Reynolds continue on an animal theme, but focus on the symbolic role of one particular species, red deer. Their starting point is a worked frontlet from the Iron Age site of SajOpetri, Hungary. Having first contextualized the find in its regional and chronological setting, they provide a wide range of comparanda illustrating the importance of deer symbolism in societies around the world.

Amy Bogaard, Stefanie Jacomet and Jorg Schibler then take readers of The Neolithic of Europe back to the Neolithic and into central Europe, comparing the economic regimes of the Alpine foreland to those in the loess zone. Any cultural differences between the Alpine and loess regions are not determined by a divergent economic basis, but, as the authors point out, reflect different reactions to the social dynamics inherent in a Neolithic way of life.

In a similar vein, Daniela Hofmann and Eva Lenneis discuss a particularly intractable problem of LBK architecture, namely the significance of tripartite houses. These structures, which show a more subdivided interior and are often longer than their bipartite counterparts, are not equally frequent in all regions and phases of the LBK.

Switching from domestic to monumental architecture, Philippe Lefranc, Anthony Denaire and Rose-Marie Arbogast consider five enclosures from different middle Neolithic culture groups in Alsace. The long-term existence and wide geographic distribution of these sites is testament to the success of this form of monument, while some sites allow readers to glimpse the details of the ceremonial activities played out there.

In his ambitious paper, Christian Jeunesse covers the longue duree of prehistoric and later social development in Europe by outlining an interesting dialectic between periods in which elite graves form a relatively flat hierarchy, and those – generally short – phases in which truly exceptional prestige goods are deposited in what could be termed chiefly or princely graves.

Richard Bradley and Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan consider two sets of monuments, those of the Morbihan, Brittany, and those at Menga near Malaga in Spain. They may have been built in response to natural disasters or were, in some cases, destroyed by catastrophic events.

Another paper in The Neolithic of Europe which focuses on two geographic areas is that by Andrew Meirion Jones, Andrew Cochrane and Marta Diaz-Guardamino, whose contribution covers the rock art and carved objects of Britain, Ireland and Atlantic Iberia. By exploring various examples they demonstrate that there is extensive evidence for reworking and re-use in Neolithic art.

Alistair Barclay and Oliver Harris return to the topic of domestic architecture, using the increasing evidence for Neolithic houses in Britain and Ireland to trace how different kinds of communities could be brought into being. Different ways of doing things and different reactions to innovation were always possible, even within what we now define as an `early Neolithic' horizon.

Vicki Cummings and Colin Richards consider the passage grave tradition of Britain and Ireland in relation to the concept of `wrapping'. The authors ponder whether, in fact, it was the act of wrapping which was the most important element of these monuments, not that which was wrapped (the chamber).

The paper by Alex Bayliss, Caroline Cartwright, Gordon Cook, Seren Griffiths, Richard Madgwick, Peter Marshall and Paula Reimer returns to a site much cherished by Alasdair: the West Kennet palisade enclosures. Thanks to the meticulous recording kept at the time and the available archives in various institutions, it was possible to obtain new 14C-dates and to reassess the chronology of the site within a Bayesian statistical framework.

Josh Pollard and colleagues tackle the use of Stonehenge in the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age. It appears that Stonehenge continued to play an important role in the lives of people in this area, in terms of a place marking important times of the year but also in the structuring of broader networks and lineages. Increasingly, however, other forms of monument and actions took precedence.

Finally, in The Neolithic of Europe Alison Sheridan re-evaluates the evidence for relations between Ireland and Scotland across a large chunk of the Neolithic. She clearly favors migration from Continental Europe as the ultimate source of Neolithic things and practices in both areas, as supported by the growing corpus of early radiocarbon dates and lately by first aDNA studies, and outlines two strands of migration. Interaction between Ireland and Scotland remains of crucial importance in subsequent centuries, as for instance seen in stylistic similarities in pottery and megalithic architecture, as well as the distribution of lithic material.

Each [paper] is a testimony to Alasdair’s standing amongst the European archaeological community. During his distinguished career he has influenced and befriended many scholars from Europe and beyond and the introduction and introductory paragraphs of each of the papers clearly demonstrate warmth, gratitude and respect … I am also sure that he will (rightly) be delighted with this festschrift and he should be proud of the influence he has had on studies into the European Neolithic. – Alex Gibson, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

As with Alasdair Whittle's own research, the coverage in The Neolithic of Europe is broad, ranging geographically from southeast Europe to Britain and Ireland and chronologically from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, but with a decided focus on the former.

Taken together, the papers reflect the breadth of Whittle's interest as much as the respect and friendship he commands among colleagues across Europe. They form a suitable gift in celebrating his enormous contribution to the field.

Social Science / Racism / Education / Guides

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 4th edition by Paul Kivel (New Society Publishers)

I know many white people find it hard to read about racism. I have been told stories of students who, required to read Uprooting Racism, would read a chapter and then throw the book across the room because they were so upset at what I was saying and what it meant for their lives. But then they would go across the room, pick up the book and read another chapter. Determination is what it takes to confront racism. We need to keep going back and picking up the task no matter how uncomfortable, angry, or frustrated we become in the process. Being an ally is like that. We keep learning, doing our best, leaving something out, making mistakes, doing it better next time. It is a practice, not an identity – and it is best done in collabo­ration with others. – from the book

In 2016, the president-elect of the United States openly called for segregation and deportation based on race and religion. Meanwhile, inequalities in education, housing, health care, and the job market continue to prevail, while increased insecurity and fear have led to an epidemic of scapegoating and harassment of people of color. Yet, recent polls show that only thirty-one percent of white people in the United States believe racism is a major societal problem; at the same time, resistance is strong, as highlighted by indigenous struggles for land and sovereignty and the Movement for Black Lives.

Completely revised and updated, this 4th edition of Uprooting Racism offers a framework around neoliberalism and interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, along with stories of resistance and white solidarity. It provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, engaging readers through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.

Author Paul Kivel is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker. He has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator, and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over forty years.

Kivel in Uprooting Racism says that, in a world in which racism continues to be one of the bedrocks of our organizations and institutions, in which most people of color, every single day, are confronted with the repercussions of racial discrimination, harassment, and exploitation, readers must ask themselves:

  • What do they stand for?
  • Who do they stand with?
  • Do they stand for racial justice, the end of discrimination and racial violence and a society truly based on equal opportunity?
  • Do they stand with people of color and white allies in the struggle to uproot racism?

This is a great book, written with insight and courage. – Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

Uprooting Racism gives the student, activist and practitioner something for their social justice tool box. The expanded edition is challenging, informative and practical. You’ll finish the book and want to get right to work. – Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Founder/Director, The White Privilege Conference

Paul Kivel writes with clarity and depth in a style that is adequately complex for understandings of racism in our time. He uses his writing power to illuminate all the systems, inner and outer, which lead to inequitable distribution of power, respect, money, safety, security, and opportunity in the world.... – Peggy McIntosh, founder and co-director, National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, author, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Uprooting Racism is a fact-filled resource for teachers and parents to use in educating ourselves and our young people about the history and the hidden costs of racism in our communities. Kivel presents simple, meaningful actions we can all take to build a more just and healthy society. – Jackie Shonerd, parent and Coordinator for Conflict Resolution Programs, Oakland, (CA) Unified School District

As a woman of color actively engaged in social justice movements for over 25 years, I have often longed for a book like Uprooting Racism to help white people understand the institutional, systematic, and persistent character of racism in our world. Paul Kivel has written a handbook to critically examine racism in our lives, and in our work for peace and justice. – Luz Guerra, activist, consultant/writer

... the ‘how-to manual’ for whites to work with people of color to create an inclusive, just world in the 21st century. Uprooting Racism succinctly describes how intricately racism is tied to all institutions and our daily lives.... It should be in the toolbox of anyone who is working for an anti-racist society. – Maggie Potapchuk, Senior Program Associate, Network of Alliances, Bridging Race and Ethnicity (NABRE), a program of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Those of us who commit to the life-long journey of being anti-racist whites need lots of help. The revised edition of Uprooting Racism offers a clear vision of the journey’s destination, an invaluable and accessible map and a set of tools for the steps we must take to get there.... I recommend it highly and plan to use it in my own work. – Louise Derman-Sparks, co-director, of the Early Childhood Equity Alliance. Author, Teaching/ Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach

Accessible, personal, supportive, and fundamentally hopeful, Uprooting Racism offers powerful strategies and practical tools for white people committed to racial justice. The book is ideal for students, community activists, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Travel / Guides

Moon Hawaii, 2nd edition by Kevin Whitton, with Kyle Ellison & Bree Kessler (Travel Guides: Moon Travel, Avalon Travel)

Moon Hawaii describes how travelers can escape the world they know in Hawaii. They can wander beautiful stretches of white sand, swim in warm, crystal-clear water, explore colorful reefs teeming with marine life, lose themselves under a canopy of tropical rainforest, and cool off in passing rain showers and enjoy the rainbows that follow them.

They can unwind on the pristine beaches of Maui, hike the famed coastline of Kaua'i, or experience the melting pot culture of the Big Island. Travelers discover the art of island-hopping with Moon Hawaii, the guide preferred by locals.
Author and Honolulu local Kevin Whitton gives his unique and adventurous perspective on his home state. Whitton is the author of the award-winning Green Hawai'i: A Guide to a Sustainable and Energy Efficient Home and A Pocket Guide to Hawai'i's Botanical Gardens.

In Moon Hawaii, travelers find:

  • Full-color photos and easy-to-use maps for navigating independently and island-hopping at their leisure.
  • Honest advice on how to find the right accommodations and navigate the islands.
  • Strategic itineraries for every trip and budget, including: The Two-Week All-Island Trip, One-Week Island Pairings, Best Beaches, Snorkeling and Diving, Best Surfing, Can't-Miss Hikes, and Historical and Cultural Sites.
  • In-depth coverage of each island, with focused information on the best sites including: Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and the Leeward Coast, Maui, Lana'i, Moloka'i, Kona, the Hamakua Coast, Waimea, and the Saddle Road.
  • Activities and ideas for every traveler: Go for an outrigger canoe ride, learn to surf the legendary waves, or relax on endless stretches of sandy beaches. Visit a piece of American history at Pearl Harbor and explore the burgeoning art and culinary scene of O'ahu's Chinatown. Hike through lava fields, waterfalls, and lush forests, and get their fill of fresh produce at a local farmers market. Sample traditional Polynesian cuisine, or find the best spot for dining, dancing, and sunset romance.
  • Detailed and thorough information, including crucial background on culture, history, and geography.
  • Tools such as lodging information, emergency resources, and useful phrases.

Each of the Hawaiian Islands offers a perfect escape. How can readers choose just one? Moon Hawaii tells them everything they need to know to plan the perfect getaway:

  • How to decide which islands are right for them.
  • Itineraries for exploring each of the islands that can be combined into a two-week trip, as well as day plans and rainy day options.
  • The best outdoor adventures, including scuba diving and whale watching.
  • Strategies for exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Road to Hana.

Travelers can once again make their escape with Moon Travel Guides. With Moon Hawaii's practical tips, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, travelers can plan their trip their way.


Contents this Issue:

How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship by Annie McKee (Harvard Business Review Press)

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella, with Greg Shaw & Jill Tracie Nichols, with a foreword by Bill Gates (Harper Business)

The California Drought, Library Binding, by Laura Perdew (Ecological Disasters Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Consecutive Interpreting: An Interdisciplinary Study, 1st edition by Alexander V. Kozin, with series editor Margaret Rogers (Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

Race in the Criminal Justice System, Library Binding, by Alexis Burling (Race in America Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite, with series editors Cheryl Glenn & Shirley Wilson Logan (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series: Southern Illinois University Press)

Julian Assange: Founder of WikiLeaks, Library Binding, by Rachel Moritz (Newsmakers Set 2: Core Library, ABDO Publishing)

Back to the Lake: A Reader and Guide, with 2016 MLA Update, 3rd edition by Thomas Cooley (W.W. Norton & Company)

Nutrition for Sport, Fitness and Health, 1st edition by Marie Spano, Laura Kruskall, & D. Travis Thomas (Human Kinetics)

Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation by Jim DeStefano (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

American Freemasonry: Its Revolutionary History and Challenging Future by Alain de Keghel, with forewords by Arturo de Hoyos & Margaret C. Jacob, translated from the French by Jon E. Graham (Inner Traditions)

Miracle at the Litza: Hitler's First Defeat on the Eastern Front by Alf R. Jacobsen, translated from the Norwegian by Frank Stewart (Casemate Publishers)

The Future Won't Be Long: A Novel by Jarett Kobek (Viking)

Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, Ph.D. (Mount Tabor Books: Paraclete Press)

The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program: How to Open Up and Awaken to the Infinite River of Life, Audio CD – Audiobook, 6CDs, Unabridged, running time: 6 hrs, 56 mins by Pedram Shojai (Sounds True)

The Neolithic of Europe: Papers in Honour of Alasdair Whittle, 1st edition edited by Penny Bickle, Vicki Cummings, Daniela Hofmann, & Joshua Pollard (Oxbow Books)

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 4th edition by Paul Kivel (New Society Publishers)

Moon Hawaii, 2nd edition by Kevin Whitton, with Kyle Ellison & Bree Kessler (Travel Guides: Moon Travel, Avalon Travel)