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Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs by National Geographic, with a foreword by Tina Brown (National Geographic)

A Designer's Research Manual, 2nd edition, Updated and Expanded: Succeed in design by knowing your clients and understanding what they really need by Jenn Visocky O'Grady & Ken Visocky O'Grady (Rockport Publishers)

Fine Art Photoshop: Diving Into the World of Photographic Art by Ella Putney Carlson (Amherst Media, Inc.)

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley (Tim Duggan Books, Crown Publishing Group)

Software Methodologies: A Quantitative Guide, 1st edition by Capers Jones (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Invitation to Computer Science – Standalone book, 7th edition by G. Michael Schneider & Judith L. Gersting (Cengage Learning)

The Arduino Inventor's Guide: Learn Electronics by Making 10 Awesome Projects 1st edition by Brian Huang & Derek Runberg (No Starch Press)

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss (Surrey Books, Agate)

Posh Kebabs: Over 70 Recipes for Sensational Skewers and Chic Shawarmas by Rosie Reynolds, with photography by Faith Mason (Quadrille)

Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education beyond the Color-Bind by Jabara Mahiri, with series editor James A. Banks (Language and Literacy Series: Teachers College Press)

Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities, 7th edition by Lawrence M. Siegel (Nolo)

The Invention of Celebrity, 1st edition by Antoine Lilti, translated from the French by Lynn Jeffress (Polity)

Red Robinson: The Last Deejay by Robin Brunet (Harbour Publishing)

Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine (A Jaine Austen Mystery: Kensington Publishing Corporation)

Two Nights: A Novel by Kathy Reichs (Bantam Books)

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966 by Kenneth Womack (Chicago Review Press)

Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean by Morten Strøksnes, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally (Alfred A. Knopf)

Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change by Jane A. G. Kise (Corwin Press)

Drawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World by Chris Kullstroem (Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.)

 

Reviews

Arts & Photography / Biographies & Memoirs

Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs by National Geographic, with a foreword by Tina Brown (National Geographic)

I wanted the world to see her kindness, her humility. I think she realized that would be her way. – Mario Testino, fashion and portrait photographer

Remembering Diana commemorates the life of one of the most remarkable women in the world, 26 years after her tragic death.

This photography collection with a foreword by bestselling author Tina Brown celebrates Princess Diana’s poignant life in more than 100 iconic images. In it, readers can see what they have learned from the example of a woman of privilege who showed the world the importance of humanity.

Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media. Between 1979 and 2001, she was editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and she also authored the 2007 bestselling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. In 2000, she was awarded the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for her services to journalism.

For the millions who adored the People's Princess, Remembering Diana presents Diana Spencer's life in glorious color. Page after page of inside photos document the royal's most memorable moments in the spotlight; a luminous, personal remembrance by Brown, her friend and biographer, adds context and nuance to a poignant life. Readers float down memory lane through more than 100 images of Diana, from her days as a schoolgirl to her engagement to Prince Charles, the birth of Princes William and Harry, and her life in the media as an outspoken advocate for the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. Remembering Diana features reflections from those who knew her best, recollections from journalists, dignitaries and celebrities like Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and Elton John, and personal insight through the princess's own words.

This visual history weaves together the fairy tale of a life played out in the spotlight. In page after page of photographs – both celebrated and rarely seen – document the Princess of Wales's generosity, humility, and warmth, while portraying the turmoil she faced to fulfill her duties as a member of the royal family, survive in her loveless marriage, and overcome her personal insecurities. From her life as a mother, a celebrity, and a fashion icon to her bouts of depression, bulimia, and isolation, Diana transcended the bonds and rigidity of royal society and made the world fall in love with her honesty, bravery, and compassion.

Lavish and elegant, this richly illustrated book is the tie-in companion to Diana: The Lost Tapes, airing on the National Geographic Channel. Featuring recollections from those who knew her best – Remembering Diana is an exquisite ode to one of the world's most beloved women.

Arts & Photography / Design / Research

A Designer's Research Manual, 2nd edition, Updated and Expanded: Succeed in design by knowing your clients and understanding what they really need by Jenn Visocky O'Grady & Ken Visocky O'Grady (Rockport Publishers)

If you’re working for a publicly traded design megalith whose creative staff is assisted by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and marketers, you probably don’t need this book. – from the book

Good information gives designers a competitive advantage. Understanding the wishes of a client and the needs and preferences of their audience drives innovation. The ability to gather research, analyze findings, and apply them to project goals is as important to successful design teams as their conceptual and aesthetic skills. A Designer's Research Manual helps readers understand what design research is and why it is necessary, outline proven techniques and methods, and explain how to incorporate them into any creative process.
A Designer's Research Manual (first edition) was one of the first books to apply research practices to the benefit of visual communication designers. This long awaited second edition follows more than a decade of active use by practitioners, design educators, and students around the world. Comprehensively updated, A Designer's Research Manual, second edition includes:

  • Over 25 proven research strategies and tactics.
  • Added content about planning research, analyzing results, and integrating research into the design process.
  • Suggestions for scaling research for any project, timeline, or budget.
  • All new in-depth case studies from industry leaders, outlining strategy and impact.
  • Updated images, illustrations, and visualizations.
  • Quick Tips for rapid integration of research concepts into one’s practice.

Authors Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady are designers and educators whose work has been featured in numerous books and creative industry publications. Jenn is a professor at Cleveland State University, where for nearly two decades she has dedicated herself to providing access and opportunity to a diverse group of aspiring creatives. Ken is a professor and coordinator of the graduate program at the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.

Readers should consider this manual a primer on research methods and their practical application to graphic design. A Designer's Research Manual broadly outlines common research strategies and tactics and introduces them to frameworks in which to engage them. It offers suggestions for incorporating research-driven design into readers’ creative process – whether they are freelancers, in-house designers, members of a studio team, students, or professors. It features success stories and examples of these methods in action: accessible and pragmatic accounts of real-world experiences from designers around the globe.

Sections include:

1. Know the Basics. Before readers can integrate research into their design process, they need some background. This section provides some historical context, showcasing applied research practices from as far back as the Bauhaus. The O’Gradys also discuss how design creates value, helping readers articulate why research-driven design methods serve their clients' interests.

2. Gather the Tools to Conduct Research. This section reviews research basics, so readers understand the difference between primary and secondary investigations, and qualitative and quantitative methods before jumping into specifics. The O’Gradys survey a variety of research strategies, drilling down to tactics that readers can employ on their projects, describing what these tools can (and sometimes can't) do, how and when they are used, and the level of difficulty or expertise involved.

3. Integrate Research into Your Existing Practice. This section provides exercises to help readers get started, and methods for crafting research plans that account for resources and manage scope. The O’Gradys also outline frameworks that help analyze the results of readers’ efforts, helping them craft a research-driven creative brief and identify new opportunities for design.

4. Learn from the Experts. The authors pepper A Designer's Research Manual with real world examples. This section is entirely focused on case studies from designers around the globe. Their individual practices are diverse in scale, project focus, and budget – but each shares a practical application of research that has resulted in creative dividends.

A decade of working with designers who've adopted and adapted these methods has helped the O’Gradys understand where sticking points commonly occur. This second edition was written with process in mind, adding information to help readers get started, plan their research strategy, analyze results – and incorporate them into a solid, action-oriented creative brief.

Ideal for freelancers and in-house designers, students, and teachers of graphic design. – Dynamic Graphics

This is where to turn to see research-driven design principles in action. Much has changed in the design research space since the first edition of A Designer's Research Manual was released over 10 years ago, but the core principles remain the same. The O’Gradys have kept the evergreen content from the original book, updating it with new strategies, tactics, processes, and tools to reflect current trends. A Designer's Research Manual, 2nd edition is an essential handbook in helping designers know how to figure out the needs and preferences of clients.

Arts & Photography / Guides

Fine Art Photoshop: Diving Into the World of Photographic Art by Ella Putney Carlson (Amherst Media, Inc.)

When creating with Adobe Photoshop, the original photographic capture is just the first brush stroke on the canvas. Award-winning photographer Ella Putney Carlson in Fine Art Photoshop provides a comprehensive guide to using photographs to make art using the Photoshop software.

Carlson is a photographic illustrator and educator. She has taught at the University of Mass, Lowell, since 1999. In addition, she teaches workshops in Photoshop and Corel Painter for state and regional professional photography groups. She has also taught at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Middlesex Community College and DeCordova Museum.

Photographers learn the creative process of making art that can be used with most raster graphics editing software. They learn how to transform initial image captures into a series of art work – in addition to specific transformative techniques and constructive concepts that help build unique images.
Carlson in Fine Art Photoshop reveals and details the inspiration for image series, how new images are assembled from original captures, layer mode techniques, and painting-layers-in methods. In addition, the book covers piecing image selections, maintaining lighting consistency, and delight and worth of artistic series.

Readers of Fine Art Photoshop learn to:

  • Push their creativity with self-challenges and series.
  • Design imaginative composites that alter reality.
  • Maximize the eye-catching impact of every image.

A fantastic path to creating art with Photoshop. – Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Ella uses all of the skills she's developed over two decades of using Photoshop to create new ways of making photographic art. – Steve Bedell, M.Photog.Cr., Shutterbug columnist for 25 years

I am continually in awe of the exquisite art pieces created by Ella Carlson. – Helen Yancy, past president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

I have never spent time with Ella when I didn't learn something new and incredibly useful about Photoshop. – Thom Rouse, M.Photog., M.E.I., F-ASP

Carlson in Fine Art Photoshop shows photographers how to make magic happen and transform even simple images into truly remarkable works of art, enabling them to elevate their photographs with fine art techniques in Adobe Photoshop.

Biographies & Memoirs / Historical

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley (Tim Duggan Books, Crown Publishing Group)

The author of The Great Nadar, Adam Begley, was a Guggenheim fellow in 2010 and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography in 2011; from 1997 to 2009 he was the books editor of The New York Observer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement.

A recent French biography begins, Who doesn't know Nadar? In France, that's a rhetorical question. The Great Nadar enlightens readers: of all of the legendary figures who thrived in mid-19th-century Paris – a cohort that includes Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Alexandre Dumas – Nadar was perhaps the most innovative, the most restless, the most modern.

The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier and countless others – a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity.
Born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910), he adopted the pseudonym ‘Nadar’ as a young bohemian, when he was a budding writer and cartoonist. Later, as told in The Great Nadar, he affixed the name ‘Nadar’ to the façade of his opulent photographic studio in giant script, the illuminated letters ten feet tall, the whole sign fifty feet long, a garish red beacon on the boulevard. Nadar became known to all of Europe and even across the Atlantic when he launched ‘The Giant,’ a gas balloon the size of a twelve-story building, the largest of its time. With his daring exploits aboard his humongous balloon (including a catastrophic crash that made headlines around the world), he gave his friend Jules Verne the model for one of his most dynamic heroes.
The Great Nadar is a lavishly illustrated biography of a larger-than-life figure, a visionary whose outsized talent and canny self-promotion put him way ahead of his time. It is the first book in English to introduce this overlooked character to an American audience. To meet Nadar, even across the centuries, is to be endeared to him. As Baudelaire wrote in his journals, "Nadar is the most astonishing expression of vitality."

Concise and thoughtful.... Begley delivers a subtle accounting of Nadar's career as a photographer while reminding us of his subject's many other talents and exploits.... This book, like Nadar's life, roars past with a whooshing sound. – Dwight Garner, The New York Times
A delightful biography.... It comes across as a labor of love. Yet the word ‘labor’ hardly characterizes the suavity, swiftness and economy of its text. The book is a pleasure to read, though one could almost buy it just for the pictures.
– Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
A window on an era of extraordinary artistic endeavor.... Mr. Begley has combed through an array of literature, letters, guest books, invitations, drawings and other miscellany to tease out a nuanced portrait of one of the world’s first celebrity artist-entrepreneurs.
– Tobias Grey, The Wall Street Journal
Masterful.... Begley’s vibrant new biography tells Nadar’s story in all its colorful detail…We can be grateful to Begley for capturing some of that quicksilver spirit, that quintessentially Parisian sensibility, which left us with images that are, in their bewitching way, timeless.
– Thad Carhart, Newsday
A sympathetic and judicious book… crammed with character and incident.... Nadar was one of the greatest portraitists in photographic history.... He would have been very much at home in our day.
– Luc Sante, The New York Times Book Review
A superb account of one of the nineteenth century's most irrepressible spirits. Nadar was the founding genius of photography, especially portraiture, a heroic, disaster-prone balloonist, as well as a journalist, cartoonist, would-be revolutionary and one of the first 'bohemians'. Adam Begley brilliantly evokes the Paris of the Second Republic and Second Empire, its gloriously impoverished and eccentric artistic milieu, its squalor and political turmoil. Nadar knew everyone and took the photographs of the men and women who defined the era. Here the best work is excellently reproduced and discussed with great sensitivity and insight; from every point of view The Great Nadar is a beautiful book. – Ian McEwan
Nadar described himself as a reckless enthusiast, a hyperkinetic presence, every father-in-law’s worst nightmare, someone who ‘never missed an opportunity to talk about rope in a house where someone has been hanged or ought to be hanged.’ That was nowhere near the half of it. Adam Begley fills in the rest, providing a portrait every bit as seductive as was its irresistible, irrepressible subject. – Stacy Schiff
Adam Begley has found the perfect biographical subject in Nadar – an irrepressible artist, a daring pioneer, a wild-eyed visionary, an outrageous self-promoter, and an enfant terrible, who, like some sort of Zelig, seemed to turn up alongside every major figure in Paris during the heady period of the mid-nineteenth century. But what makes this book so mesmerizing is Begley, who, with his own artistry, brings Nadar roaring to life on every page. – David Grann
A completely fascinating, thoughtful and most elegantly written biography of one of the great early photographers. – William Boyd

Compellingly drawn and dynamically rendered, lavishly illustrated, The Great Nadar is a dazzling, stylish biography of a fabled Parisian photographer, adventurer, and pioneer. Begley's ability to fully inhabit the captivating, enigmatic character of Nadar affirms his talents as an astute and dynamic biographer worthy of his enthralling subject.

Computers & Internet / Engineering / Software / Methodologies / Reference

Software Methodologies: A Quantitative Guide, 1st edition by Capers Jones (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

This comprehensive reference uses a formal and standard evaluation technique to show the strengths and weakness of more than 60 software development methodologies such as Agile, DevOps, RUP, Waterfall, TSP, and XP. Each methodology is applied to an application of 1000 function points using the Java language. Each methodology produces a characteristic set of results for development schedules, productivity, costs, and quality. Written by Caper Jones, who is 78 years old and has been programming since the early days, Software Methodologies shows readers the optimum kinds of methodologies for the projects they are concerned with and warns them about counter indications and possible harm from unsuitable methodologies. Jones is currently vice president and chief technology officer of Namcook Analytics LLC, which designs leading-edge risk, cost, and quality estimation and measurement tools.

Software Methodologies examines 60 different methodologies and consistently uses metrics such as work hours per function point and defect removal efficiency (DRE) on all 60 methodologies. A standard size of 1,000 IFPUG (International Function Point Users' Group) function points is used for the comparisons of methodologies to have the same standard base size.

Among the methodologies analyzed and critiqued in Software Methodologies are:

  • Agile/Scrum Software Development
  • Anti-Pattern-Based Development
  • Crystal Methods
  • DevOps
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method
  • Hybrid Agile/Waterfall Software Development
  • Lean Software Development
  • Legacy Repair Development
  • Mashup Development
  • Object-Oriented (00) Methods
  • Open-Source Software Development
  • Pattern-Based Development
  • Rational Unified Process (RUP)
  • Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Waterfall Development

Software Methodologies looks at why various methodologies, including Agile, DevOps, TSP, RUP, and Mashup Development, are successful. It also looks towards a post Agile future. The post-Agile wave of methodologies could feature construction from standard reusable components instead of custom designs and manual coding. It is possible that the essence of the SEMAT approach, which is covered in this book, will prove useful in facilitating construction from reusable components.

A basic question that Software Methodologies addresses is why software has at least 60 methodologies in 2016 and keeps developing new ones about every 10 months. Jones says that this seems to be a sociological issue rather than a technical issue.

Several methods such as team software process (TSP), the rational unified process (RUP), and disciplined Agile development (DAD) could probably be used for every known software application in the world. Unfortunately, the software industry is not very literate and does not measure quality or productivity very well. The lack of effective measurements slows the adoption of technically successful methods such as TSP, DAD, and RUP. It is also slowing the use of the software engineering method and theory (SEMAT) approach, which is proving to be valuable but not at all well known in 2016.

For example, the Agile methodology is very difficult to measure due to the use of sprints and non-standard metrics such as story points, velocity, burn down, and so on. None of these Agile metrics have International Standards Organization (ISO) standards and they vary widely from project to project and company to company. Story points vary by over 400% from group to group. In Software Methodologies, Agile productivity and quality data are converted into International Function Point Users' Group (IFPUG) function points to allow side-by-side comparisons with the other methodologies.

Other modern software projects are those that involve modifying commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packages; modifying and porting legacy applications to enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages; and even modifying open-source packages. None of these existed in the 1960s when methodologies were first developed and formalized.

The proper starting place for a new wave of software development methodologies will not be looking at requirements but instead extracting and examining the design and architecture patterns of similar applications already built.

Another question Software Methodologies addresses is why some methods, such as Agile, suddenly become cults and rapidly expand to millions of applications and users. It would be nice to say that the expansion is due to the success of the method, but that is not really the case. Software methodologies come and go at fairly frequent intervals. Here, too, sociological issues seem to be at play. If one considers past methods that surged in popularity (rapid application development [RAD], computer-aided software engineering [CASE], and Spiral development), they remained popular for about 5-7 years and then dropped out of use.

Software Methodologies addresses the topic of what might come next after Agile has run its course. It is obvious that custom designs and manual coding, which are part of essentially all current methodologies except mashups, are intrinsically expensive and buggy. This includes Agile, which definitely assumes new and novel applications.

The post-Agile wave of methodologies may well feature construction from standard reusable components instead of custom designs and manual coding. It is possible that the essence of the SEMAT approach will prove useful in constructing, these blueprints and parts lists to facilitate construction from reusable components. The immediate next wave, after Agile has run its course, will probably be ‘pattern-based development’ in which software applications are constructed using patterns of reusable architectures, reusable designs, reusable code segments, and reusable test cases.

Currently in 2016, not enough is known about software feature sets and generic software architectures and designs to do this, but probably the SEMAT essence can assist in this important stage of discovery, which might raise software reuse from today's averages of perhaps 15% up to over 95% within 10-15 years.

When software reuse becomes common, the next stage after pattern-based development might possibly be robotic development. There is no intrinsic reason why robotic software development might not become possible in perhaps 10-15 years. When robotic software development is feasible, it will minimize today's common human errors associated with custom designs and manual coding. Software Methodologies discusses the technology stacks needed for the successful robotic development of software applications.

Software Methodologies is a comprehensive reference covering more than 60 technologies. The book is not a tutorial on methodologies, but rather a critique and quantified comparison of 60 of them. This comparison is a useful guide for selecting the most suitable methods for developing software.

Computers & Internet / Teaching & Learning

Invitation to Computer Science – Standalone book, 7th edition by G. Michael Schneider & Judith L. Gersting (Cengage Learning)

The 7th edition of the best-selling Invitation to Computer Science conveys to students a contemporary overview of today's computer science. This flexible, non-language-specific approach provides a solid foundation using an algorithm-driven method that is ideal for readers’ first introduction to the field of Computer Science. Expanded chapter exercises and practice problems, feature boxes, and the latest material on emerging topics, such as privacy, drones, cloud computing, and net neutrality, connect readers with today's current computing issues. Optional online language modules for C++, Java, Python, C#, and Ada, correspond seamlessly with this 7th edition allowing readers to learn a programming language while expanding their understanding of concepts from the book. An optional online CourseMate offers study tools, such as flashcards, quizzing, and games, as well as a new Digital Lab Manual containing 20 laboratory projects that map directly to Invitation to Computer Science. Visual and hands-on activities enable readers to master as well as experience the fundamentals of today's computer science.

Authors are G. Michael Schneider and Judith L. Gersting. Schneider is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester College in St. Paul. He also served as a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. Gersting is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where she now teaches part-time.

Schneider and Gersting believe strongly that, in addition to applications of information technology, students in a computer science service course should receive a solid grounding in the basic concepts of the discipline. An introduction to the core ideas exposes students to the overall richness and beauty of the field and allows them not only to use computers and software effectively but also to understand and appreciate the basic ideas underlying the discipline of computer science. As a side benefit, students who complete such a course have a much better idea what a major or a minor in computer science would entail.

A first course for computer science majors using the breadth-first model emphasizes early exposure to the sub-disciplines of the field rather than placing exclusive emphasis on programming. This gives new majors a more complete and well-rounded understanding of their chosen field of study, including the many concepts and ways of thinking that are part of computer science.

Invitation to Computer Science – intended for either majors or non-majors – is organized around this breadth-first approach as it presents a wide range of subject matter drawn from diverse areas of computer science. However, to avoid drowning students in a sea of seemingly unrelated facts and details, a breadth-first presentation must be carefully woven into a theme, a ‘big picture’ that ties together the individual topics and presents computer science as a unified and integrated discipline. To achieve this, Invitation to Computer Science divides the study of computer science into a hierarchy of topics, with each layer in the hierarchy building upon concepts presented in earlier chapters.

The central theme of Invitation to Computer Science is that computer science is the study of algorithms. Their hierarchy utilizes this definition by initially looking at the algorithmic foundations of computer science and then moving upward from this central theme to higher-level issues such as hardware, systems, software, applications, and ethics. The six levels in our computer science hierarchy are:

  • Level 1. The Algorithmic Foundations of Computer Science

  • Level 2. The Hardware World

  • Level 3. The Virtual Machine

  • Level 4. The Software World

  • Level 5. Applications

  • Level 6. Social Issues in Computing

Following an introductory chapter, Level 1 (Chapters 2-3) of Invitation to Computer Science introduces "The Algorithmic Foundations of Computer Science," the bedrock on which all other aspects of the discipline are built. It presents fundamental ideas such as the design of algorithms, algorithmic problem solving, abstraction, pseudocode, and iteration and illustrates these ideas using well-known examples. It also introduces the concepts of algorithm efficiency and asymptotic growth and demonstrates that not all algorithms are, at least in terms of running time, created equal.

The discussions in Level 1 assume that our algorithms are executed by something called a ‘computing agent,’ an abstract concept for any entity that can carry out the instructions in our solution. However, Level 2 (Chapters 4-5), "The Hardware World," now wants the algorithms to be executed by ‘real’ computers to produce ‘real’ results. Thus begins the discussion of hardware, logic design, and computer organization. The initial discussion introduces the basic building blocks of computer systems – binary numbers, Boolean logic, gates, and circuits. It then shows how these elementary concepts can be combined to construct a real computer using the Von Neumann architecture, composed of processors, memory, and input/ output.

By the end of Level 2 students have been introduced to basic concepts in logic design and computer organization, and they can appreciate the complexity inherent in these ideas. This complexity is the motivation for the material contained in Level 3 (Chapters 6-8), "The Virtual Machine." Level 3 looks at the same problems discussed in Level 2, but shows how this can be done much more easily in a virtual environment containing helpful tools like a graphical user interface, editors, translators, file systems, and debuggers. This section investigates one of the most important virtual environments in current use – networks of computers. It shows how technologies such as Ethernet, the Internet, and the web link together independent systems via transmission media and communications software. Level 3 concludes with a look at one of the most important services provided by a virtual machine, namely information security, and describes algorithms for protecting the user and the system from accidental or malicious damage.

Once students have created this powerful user-oriented virtual environment, what do they want to do with it? Most likely they want to write programs to solve interesting problems. This is the motivation for Level 4 (Chapters 9-12), "The Software World." Although Invitation to Computer Science should not be viewed as a programming text, it contains an overview of the features found in modern procedural programming languages. There are many different language models. An introduction to the design and construction of a compiler shows how high-level languages can be translated into machine language for execution. The conclusion of Level 4 introduces the idea of computability and unsolvability to show students that there are provable limits to what programs, computers, and computer science can achieve.

Students now have a high-level programming environment in which it is possible to write programs to solve important problems. In Level 5 (Chapters 13-16), "Applications," they take a look at a few important uses of computers in modern society. There is no way to cover more than a fraction of the many applications of computers and information technology in a single section. Invitation to Computer Science focuses on a small set of interesting applications that demonstrate important concepts, tools, and techniques of computer science. The goal is to show students that these applications are not ‘magic boxes’ whose inner workings are totally unfathomable.

Finally, the authors reach the highest level of study, Level 6 (Chapter 17), "Social Issues in Computing," which addresses the social, ethical, and legal issues raised by pervasive computer technology. This section – written by contributing author Professor Bo Brinkman of Miami University – examines issues such as the theft of intellectual property, national security concerns aggravated by information technology, and the erosion of personal privacy caused by the popularity of social networks. The goal in this final section is to make students aware of the enormous impact that information technology is having on society and to give them tools for making informed decisions.

This 7th edition of Invitation to Computer Science addresses a number of emerging issues in computer science. The authors have added significant new material on the Internet of Things, cloud computing, embedded computing, new models of electronic commerce, personal privacy, data mining, robots, and drones.

Associated with Invitation to Computer Science is a laboratory manual and custom-designed laboratory software that enables students to experiment with the concepts are presented. The manual contains 20 laboratory experiences, closely coordinated with the main text, that cover all levels except Level 6. These labs give students the chance to observe, study, analyze, and/or modify an important idea or concept. Each of the lab manual experiments includes an explanation of how to use the software, a description of how to conduct the experiment, and problems for students to complete.

Students discover a contemporary overview of today's computer science with the bestselling Invitation to Computer Science, 7th edition. This flexible, non-language-specific approach provides a solid foundation using an algorithm-driven approach that is ideal for students’ first introduction to the field of Computer Science.

Invitation to Computer Science is intended for a one-semester introductory course in computer science. It presents a breadth-first overview of the discipline that assumes no prior background in computer science, programming, or mathematics.

Computers & Internet / Electronics / Youth / Education / Coding / Hands-On / Guide

The Arduino Inventor's Guide: Learn Electronics by Making 10 Awesome Projects 1st edition by Brian Huang & Derek Runberg (No Starch Press)

School's out for summer, but learning doesn't have to stop at the classroom door. For parents and educators looking to keep their students exploring, tinkering, and creating, No Starch Press offers the latest addition to its lineup of STEM books.

The Arduino Inventor's Guide is the second installment in its introductory-level educational series for aspiring makers. The series is a collaboration with SparkFun Electronics, the popular electronics parts retailer dedicated to making the world of electronics more accessible to the average person.

The Arduino microcontroller makes it easy to learn about electronics, but it can be hard to know where to start. The 10 projects in The Arduino Inventor's Guide teach students (or teachers) to build, code, and invent with the super-smart Arduino and a handful of parts.

First, readers master the basics with a primer that explains how a circuit works, how to read a wiring schematic, and how to build and test projects with a solderless breadboard. Then they learn how to make their hardware move, buzz, flash, and interact with the world using motors, LEDs, and sensors as they build these 10 projects:

  • The classic first Arduino project: blinking an LED.
  • A miniature traffic light.
  • An LED screen that displays animated patterns and shapes.
  • A fast-paced button-smashing game to test their reflexes.
  • A light-sensitive, color-changing night-light.
  • A challenging ball-balancing game.
  • A temperature-sensing mini greenhouse with an automated fan and vent.
  • A motorized robot that they can control.
  • A racing timer for toy cars.
  • A tiny electric piano that they can actually play.

With each project in The Arduino Inventor's Guide, students learn real coding skills so they can tell their inventions what to do, like how to store temperature readings with variables, start a timer or spin a motor with functions, and make decisions using loops. They even find tips and tricks to put their own twist on each gadget and take things further.

Authors are Brian Huang and Derek Runberg. Huang is the Education Engineer for SparkFun Electronics. Before SparkFun, Huang spent eight years as an electrical engineer, followed by a second career as a high school physics and robotics teacher. Runberg works in the Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics, where he runs workshops about technology in classrooms and at conferences. Before joining SparkFun, Runberg was a middle school technology teacher who taught kids and educators about circuits, Arduino, and Processing.

The projects in The Arduino Inventor's Guide are designed for someone who wants to learn and is driven by the initial spirit of Arduino: to bring an idea to fruition.

A lot of programming books read like reference manuals, jumping right away into coding or electrical concepts before providing context, and collecting dust on a bookshelf until someone needs to look up a command or concept they have forgotten. In contrast, The Arduino Inventor's Guide teaches new concepts through interesting and practical projects. The projects progress in complexity and difficulty incrementally from Project 1 to Project 10, and they help answer the age-old questions: Why am I learning this? Why is it important? And why should I care?

Readers don't need any experience with electronics or programming to get started with Arduino. The authors assume students know nothing at the start and they may be a little apprehensive about diving in. This book progresses steadily from introductory material to more complicated and challenging projects.

In addition to the 10 hands-on projects, The Arduino Inventor's Guide includes a primer on electronics and an appendix that covers soldering and other handy tips. Each project has separate sections on wiring, programming, and construction so that readers can focus on individual aspects. Huang and Runberg wrap up each project with a "Going Further" section that gives students ideas for hacking and modifying the project. They want students to use these projects as launching points for their own inventions, not as end goals.

All the resources students need for these projects are available for them to download, reference, use, and modify. The resources include all the example code shown and discussed in the book, the cutting templates for the final builds, and code to get them started with hacking and modifying their projects to experiment further.

The Arduino Inventor's Guide is a project-packed introduction to building and coding with the Arduino microcontroller. With each hands-on project, total beginners learn useful electronics and coding skills while building an interactive gadget. Whether readers are interested novices, teachers, librarians, or parents, this book is a hands-on guide for those who want to learn and is not meant as a reference manual to sit on the shelf. As an introductory guide, the book teaches some core electronics and coding skills, and it will inspire students to build something new and unique with materials they find around the house.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Honey

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss (Surrey Books, Agate)

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook collects 130 recipes inspired by the vast artisanal honey selection at Asheville Bee Charmer, a shop located in the celebrated mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Opened in 2014 by beekeepers Jillian Kelly and Kim Allen, this honey purveyor has become a destination for both local foodies and tourists. Located in one of the most pollinator-friendly parts of the United States, it offers a range of bee-related products and more than 50 different artisanal honey varietals – each with its own unique color, texture, and taste.
Inspired by the vast honey selection available behind the Honey Bar – carrot honey, basswood honey, lavender honey, ghost pepper honey, etc. – chef Carrie Schloss has created The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, a collection featuring 130 recipes, 20 honey varietals, and 8 special Bee Charmer blends. With a color, aroma, and tasting guide to honey varietals and dishes like Bee Pollen Nut Brittle, Chipotle Honey-Marinated Skirt Steak, and Milk and Honey Dinner Rolls, this cookbook shows that honey is a good way to season or sweeten the next meal.

After a successful career in international investments, Schloss shifted gears to pursue a lifelong dream of working in the culinary industry. She graduated from the culinary school at Kendall College and currently works as a personal chef and culinary consultant.

As Schloss notes in the book, for many people, honey is something squeezed out of a plastic bear and added to tea, yogurt, or toast. However the world of honey is much larger than the little bear on the shelf. In The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, Schloss walks readers through the unique attributes of each varietal and blend, including tasting notes and the sorts of foods that pair well with each type.

The cookbook is organized into chapters by course, including Breakfast Foods; Small Plates and Snacks; Soups and Salads; Sandwiches and Mains; Sides; Desserts; Dressings, Marinades, and Sauces; and Mocktaiis and Cocktails. The book includes a color, aroma, and tasting guide to the honey varietals and dietary markers for vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes. Each varietal and blend is used in multiple recipes, so readers know that if they invest in a jar of artisanal honey, they'll have many ways to use it up. The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook includes the following recipes:

  • Apple Lavender Muffins
  • Roasted Honey Glazed Chicken
  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse
  • Sweet Bee Bourbon Cocktail
  • Duck a L'Orange
  • Apple Parsnip Soup
  • Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
  • S'mores with Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
  • Spicy Thai Vegetable Egg Rolls
  • Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Berry Chia Seed Pudding
  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs
  • Miso Honey Glazed Salmon

An inspiration. The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook takes the work of Mother Nature and exposes how great ingredients are the only route to great food. Cooks of every level will leave the sugar in their cupboards and reach for their new favorite local varietal instead. – Chris Pandel, chef/partner, Balena and Swift & Sons
One of the best cookbooks I have seen in many years. Each recipe brings to mind bees buzzing from flower to flower, hard at work for all of us. I will refer to this lovely cookbook for a long time to come. – Pierre Pollin, former chef/proprietor, Le Titi de Paris, and 2017 inductee, Chicago Culinary Hall of Fame
A lovely testimonial to the significance of the honeybee. With these delicious, approachable recipes, being good stewards of the land has never tasted so sweet. – Laurell Sims, urban farmer, beekeeper, and Slow Food Chicago board member
As a craft cidery in Bee/Beer City, USA, we are extremely fortunate to have such a pure source of honey from our local Bee Charmers to enhance our cider. This book helps readers source and use that same great honey in their own homes. – Jeff Anderson, the award-winning Urban Orchard Cider Co.
A beautiful tribute to one of our most overlooked and underappreciated ingredients. From breakfast pastries to exotic marinades to unexpected desserts, Carrie Schloss explores the many sides of honey. – Ashlee Aubin, chef/partner, Salero
The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is just what its title, and the store from which it draws its inspiration, suggests – a charm. It’s wonderful to have an entire cookbook that incorporates honey in every dish. – Michel Coatrieux, associate dean, Kendall College
A truly original cookbook with inventive and delicious recipes that will expand any cook’s repertoire. An added bonus for the modern cook is the table that shows which recipes are dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian. The variety of the honey-based recipes is beautifully matched to the range of honey blends and varietals available at the shop itself. – Peggy Ryan, chef/instructor, Kendall College

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook is a full-color cookbook with beautiful photography and clear, accessible prose. This book is an excellent resource for cooks looking to substitute honey for sugar without sacrificing flavor, as well as for readers interested in learning more about the world of artisanal honey. With the culinary world focusing more and more on artisanal ingredients, this book's treatment of unique varietals of honey – one of the world's most ancient foods – is in step with the interests of today's informed home cook.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Kebabs

Posh Kebabs: Over 70 Recipes for Sensational Skewers and Chic Shawarmas by Rosie Reynolds, with photography by Faith Mason (Quadrille)

From the Turkish original to decadent Japanese skewers to Indonesian satay, the simplicity of sticking food on a stick and then cooking it seems to make a meal more enticing.

With over 70 simple recipes for everything from brochette to souvlaki, Posh Kebabs takes inspiration from all over the globe. Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma, Chicken Thigh Yakitori, Moroccan lamb with yoghurt and mint, Portuguese espetado and South African Sosatie, and even sweet skewers in the form of Chargrilled Pineapple – all these sensational skewers help reinvent the humble lamb pita.

Cooks can keep it simple with a delicious Lamb Shawarma or Herby Chicken Wings, or step their kebab game up with Blackberry and Chili Peppered Venison or Korean Bulgogi Beef. For fish-lovers, there's fresh-tasting Sumac and Lemon Mackerel or Anchovy and Tomato Paprika Flatbreads. Vegetarians and vegans, how about Pickled Carrots and Miso Aubergine, or Porcini-Sauced Wild Mushroom Kebabs? The book has the ultimate veggie alternative, a beautifully seasoned Chopped Radish Salad, Falafel and Spiced Yogurt. For dessert, they can treat themselves to Griddled Bananas with Soft-Serve, or Honey, Pistachio and Orange Griddled Peaches.

In the introduction to Posh Kebabs Rosie Reynolds says that most people would define a kebab as a dish made with roasted or grilled meat, fish, bird or vegetables and, in most instances, threaded onto a skewer before being cooked. But, kebabs are more than that.

Aside from the commonality of being skewered, turned and stuffed deliciously inside flatbreads or piled on top of buttery rice, one thing that kebabs have in common the world over is that they are universally loved and applauded. Eaten with glee in all corners of the globe, kebabs are evocative of good times, redolent of home, celebration and feasting.

Reynolds says that to study all of the kebabs available worldwide could very easily become a lifetime's work. Posh Kebabs has distilled that knowledge into the very best and tastiest recipes one could desire.

For the most tender, flavorsome kebab, it's all about keeping the meat, fish or bird as juicy as possible on the inside while getting the outside beautifully charred. This is usually achieved by marinating the kebabs before cooking in a host of delicious combinations of herbs and spices. Taking the time to marinate will impart great flavor to kebabs and will tenderize the meat or bird.

The preferred way of cooking kebabs is over hot coals. But it doesn't necessarily have to be barbeque season: a griddle pan will work brilliantly if it isn't summer. For some of the kebabs in Posh Kebabs, there is no cooking required at all, like the fruit skewers. For others it is best to cook under a hot grill or in a frying pan where greater control can be exercised over the temperature.

From the original Turkish doner to Indonesia satay, everyone loves a kebab. Posh Kebabs is the ultimate guide to preparing different types of kebabs, and cooking them to perfection. Featuring over 70 recipes, beautifully photographed by Faith Mason, Posh Kebabs takes cooks on a global tour of flavors and ingredients. There is something for everyone in this collection – seasoned kebab lover, expert chef, and beginner alike.

Education / Multicultural / Race & Ethnicity

Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education beyond the Color-Bind by Jabara Mahiri, with series editor James A. Banks (Language and Literacy Series: Teachers College Press)

How do socially constructed concepts of race dominate and limit understandings and practices of multicultural education? Since race is socially constructed, how do we deconstruct it? In Deconstructing Race Jabara Mahiri argues that multicultural education needs to move beyond racial categories defined and sustained by the ideological, social, political, and economic forces of white supremacy.

Mahiri is the inaugural holder of the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He directs the TEACH Project (Technology, Equity, and Culture for High-performance schools) research initiative, is the faculty director for the Bay Area Writing Project, and is a senior scholar for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education.

Exploring contemporary and historical scholarship on race, the emergence of multiculturalism, and the rise of the digital age, Mahiri in Deconstructing Race investigates micro-cultural practices and provides a compelling framework for understanding the diversity of individuals and groups. Descriptions and analysis from ethnographic interviews reveal how people's continually evolving, highly distinctive, micro-cultural identities and affinities provide understandings of diversity not captured within assigned racial categories. Synthesizing the scholarship and interview findings, the final chapter connects the play of micro-cultures in people's lives to a needed shift in how multicultural education uses race to frame and comprehend diversity and identity and provides pedagogical examples of how this shift can look in teaching practices.

According to James A. Banks, series editor, in the foreword to Deconstructing Race, Mahiri's major project in this timely book is to deconstruct race and racial categories in order to free individuals so that they can embrace authentic identities that are fluid, complex, and consistent with what he calls their ‘micro-cultural identities,’ which make the ‘hidden aspects of people's identities visible.’ Mahiri's project to deconstruct race is a continuation – with rich insights and contributions by him – of a long and impressive tradition of social science scholars and literary writers who had similar aims, such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison – who are profiled in this book. Social scientists such as Omi and Winant, Gould, Jacobson, and Brodkin have also made rich, original, and illuminating contributions to the project to deconstruct race and detail the ways in which it is a pernicious and destructive social construction.

The data and quotes from the 20 individuals that Mahiri interviewed for Deconstructing Race make a compelling case about the ways in which racial categories often deny individuals the opportunity to actualize their authentic selves and reduce them to ‘acting White’ or to ‘acting Black,’ whereas their micro-cultural and authentic identities are much more complex than a single racial category. However, his discussion of ways to eliminate what he calls the ‘color-bind’ caused by racial categories and institutionalized racism reveals the intractability of the systemic barriers created by institutionalized racism, and how changing the ways in which individuals view their micro-cultures and racial identities will not necessarily change the ways in which they are categorized and treated by outside individuals and groups. However, helping individuals to identify their authentic micro-cultural identities is an essential step in a much larger project that requires institutional and structural changes.

The major purpose of the Multicultural Education Series is to provide preservice educators, practicing educators, graduate students, scholars, and policymakers with an interrelated and comprehensive set of books that summarizes and analyzes important research, theory, and practice related to the education of ethnic, racial, cultural, and linguistic groups in the United States and the education of mainstream students about diversity.

Jabari Mahiri's superb Deconstructing Race is the best modern book on multiculturalism in education. More than that, it can be the beginning of a vital transformation of the field and of our views about diversity. – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Regents' Professor, Arizona State University

Mahiri challenges the very concepts of race that perpetuate boundaries and myths of underachievement. Deconstructing Race is a seismic catalyst, providing a framework for a new American narrative on race based on irrefutable research and inspirational evidence. – Yvette Jackson, chief executive officer of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

Brilliant and thought-provoking, Deconstructing Race makes a compelling case for addressing societal inequalities by changing how we think about race. This groundbreaking book is a must-read for scholars of race and education, and for those seeking to better support the learning and development of youth. – Na'ilah Suad Nasir, Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion, UC Berkeley

In Deconstructing Race Mahiri's analysis of how racial categories stigmatize and limit the possibilities of individuals is insightful and informative. A visionary and timely book, it will stimulate rich conversations that will enable educators to participate in the deconstruction of race and the color-bind and in the reduction of institutionalized and systemic racism, as well as highlight the ways in which groups that are victimized by racism and racialized categories have used their victimization as vehicles for resistance, empowerment, and the advancement of social justice.

Education & Training / Special Education / Law / Guides

Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities, 7th edition by Lawrence M. Siegel (Nolo)

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2.4 million children in the U.S. are diagnosed with learning disabilities – and these children have unique educational needs. While federal law entitles each of these children to an ‘appropriate’ education, making sure teachers and school administrators are addressing a child’s special needs and providing the proper services can feel like an uphill battle. The process for becoming eligible for and receiving that education is confusing and overwhelming. The IEP process is like a maze, involving a good deal of technical information, intimidating professionals, and confusing choices. For some families, it goes smoothly, with no disagreements. For others, it is a stressful encounter in which the parents and the school district cannot agree on anything. For most people, the experience is somewhere in between.

The parents of special needs children are often already under significant stress, and few can afford a lawyer to help. Nolo's IEP Guide provides the law, explanation, guidance, and tools to help parents get through the IEP process and advocate for the best education for their child.
Nolo's IEP Guide helps guide readers through their child’s IEP process by explaining their child’s rights and teaching them how to draft educational goals and objectives, research school programs and alternatives, prepare for IEP meetings, and resolve disputes with their school district.

Nolo's IEP Guide teaches readers to:

  • Identify a learning disability.
  • Understand their child's rights to education.
  • Untangle eligibility rules and evaluations.
  • Prepare and make their best case to school administrators.
  • Develop IEP (individualized educational program) goals and advocate for their adoption.
  • Explore and choose the best programs and services.

Written by an expert attorney, Lawrence Siegel, who has fought for kids for many years, the 7th edition of Nolo's IEP Guide covers two key Supreme Court decisions and new developments in special ed vouchers, and provides the forms, sample letters, resources, and encouragement readers need. Siegel has been a special education attorney and advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action and before legislative and policy bodies. In 2004-5 he was appointed to an endowed chair at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for his work as an advocate of special education.

A specialized version of Nolo's bestselling and widely acclaimed Complete IEP Guide, Nolo's IEP Guide focuses on learning disabilities (LDs) and is packed with LD-specific information – including resources, information on testing, eligibility requirements, and discipline problems.

Whether readers face a disagreement with their district or just want to be more informed about their rights, Nolo's IEP Guide will assist them. It explains the IEP process in great detail, including each step involved and the rights they and their child have in that process. It teaches them how to be effective advocates for their child. The book helps them proceed on their own through the IEP process, whether it's their first time or their fifth time. The suggestions and forms in the book helps them get – and stay – organized throughout the IEP process.

Detailed online resources provide invaluable information, including:

  • Key special education laws and regulations.
  • Twenty forms, letters, and checklists to help readers through every stage of the IEP process.
  • Addresses and websites of national and state advocacy, parent, and disability organizations.
  • A bibliography of other helpful books.

In this useful guide, parents may find the support they need for a long and often lonely process. – The New York Times
Provides parents and advocates an excellent resource to address the educational needs of all students with learning disabilities. I highly recommend this book!
– Terence K. Prechter, Learning Disabilities Association of California
Makes the IEP process accessible and usable for parents and professionals. I give it my highest recommendation. – Joseph Feldman Community Alliance for Special Education
Help
[s] parents advocate for their child's educational needs. – Providence Journal
Siegel, a special education attorney and advocate, helps parents advocate for children with learning disabilities and understand the individualized education program (IEP) process. He explains special education law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the definition and signs of a learning disability, getting started and developing an IEP blueprint for the child's education, the role of evaluations, eligibility, gathering information and evidence, developing goals, preparing for and attending the IEP meeting, resolving disputes through due process, filing a complaint, finding a lawyer and doing legal research, and joining a parent organization. – Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView

Nolo's IEP Guide is the best available guide that combines legal information with practical advice. It gives parents the step-by-step instructions they need to navigate the complicated process of creating and maintaining an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) for their child with a learning disability, teaching parents how to advocate for their child's education. After working through Nolo's IEP Guide, readers will be prepared to advocate for their child to receive the free appropriate public education that is guaranteed to all children who need special education services.

History / Ideas

The Invention of Celebrity, 1st edition by Antoine Lilti, translated from the French by Lynn Jeffress (Polity)

Frequently perceived as a characteristic of modern culture, the phenomenon of celebrity has much older roots. In The Invention of Celebrity Antoine Lilti shows that the mechanisms of celebrity were developed in Europe during the Enlightenment, well before films, yellow journalism, and television, and then flourished during the Romantic period on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lilti is Professor of History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Annales. The book is translated from the French by Lynn Jeffress.

Figures from across the arts like Voltaire, Garrick, and Liszt were all veritable celebrities in their time, arousing curiosity and passionate loyalty from their ‘fans.’ The rise of the press, new advertising techniques, and the marketing of leisure brought a profound transformation in the visibility of celebrities: private lives were now very much on public show. Nor was politics spared this cultural upheaval: Marie-Antoinette, George Washington, and Napoleon all experienced a political world transformed by the new demands of celebrity. And when the people suddenly appeared on the revolutionary scene, it was no longer enough to be legitimate; it was crucial to be popular too.

Lilti in The Invention of Celebrity retraces the profound social upheaval precipitated by the rise of celebrity and explores the ambivalence felt toward this new phenomenon. Both sought after and denounced, celebrity evolved as the modern form of personal prestige, assuming the role that glory played in the aristocratic world in a new age of democracy and evolving forms of media.

The thesis of The Invention of Celebrity is the following: celebrity is not something new that has arisen in the twentieth century, which proves the decline of culture and the public sphere, or even the forgotten promises of freedom that modernity sets forth; celebrity is a characteristic of modern societies, a form of greatness that corresponds to them, an almost impossible greatness, always threatened with illegitimacy. To show this, Lilti describes the first age of celebrity, whose initial signs appeared in Paris and London in the middle of the eighteenth century, took shape in the course of the century, and reached a zenith in Western Europe and the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. This chronology, which unites the Enlightenment and Romanticism, is not familiar to historians because it casually crosses the sacrosanct line of the French Revolution. It does, however, correspond to a slow and cohesive transformation in Western European societies.

Lilti begins The Invention of Celebrity with an event of great symbolic importance: the crowning of Voltaire at the Comedie-Francaise in 1778, which had a much more ambiguous meaning than historians normally give it. Far from being the apotheosis of a great man, the ceremony made clear to contemporaries the ambivalence of celebrity (chapter 1). Thus immune to unequivocal interpretations, readers begin a discovery of the world of spectacle that produced the first public figures, actresses, singers, and dancers (chapter 2), and they see the main vectors of celebrity, the reproduction of images, the new uses of biography, and the role of scandal. It is the public sphere which is the center of this analysis (chapter 3). It is important to understand how these new mechanisms were described and analyzed, creating a veritable interrogation of the new forms of publicity (chapter 4).

After the pages dedicated to Rousseau (chapter 5), The Invention of Celebrity returns to the consequences of this new culture of celebrity in the political domain. It looks at Marie-Antoinette again, and also how new figures of democratic power such as George Washington and Mirabeau had to contend with the imperatives of popularity and how Napoleon's prestige fused the traditional mechanisms of glory and of celebrity. And it investigates the growing celebrity culture as it is introduced into political life, seeing that perhaps far from being a sign of contemporary depoliticization and pervasive vulgarity, it might be the concession of charisma to modernity (chapter 6). Finally, a last chapter shows the full development of the mechanisms of celebrity in the Romantic era, incarnated by the figure of Lord Byron, but also by others less well known today, like Jenny Lind, who crossed the whole of the United States during a triumphant tour (chapter 7). This leads to the beginning of a new phase in the history of celebrity, one marked by photography, the cinema, and the pulp press, for which the tools of mass reproduction of images play a more and more important role.

Lilti’s achievement is highly impressive. He provides a new perspective on the transformations of Western culture in the age of revolutions, and on the genesis of modern notions of selfhood and personal authenticity. And he reminds us that even as we laugh at contemporary celebrity culture, we need to take it seriously, and not merely as an excrescence or a pathology, but as a constituent element of political and cultural modernity. – David A. Bell, Princeton University

With The Invention of Celebrity, Antoine Lilti has established himself as one of the most significant and talented historians of eighteenth-century France… It is an imaginative study, at once audacious and theoretically grounded, that establishes celebrity as an object of historical analysis and lays the groundwork for further studies of the phenomenon. – Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London
Exhaustively researched, with in-depth analysis, this book is not a light read, but is definitely an interesting read for those who have more than a passing curiosity for the history behind the rise of 'celebrity.' – Feathered Quill Book Reviews

While uncovering the birth of celebrity in the eighteenth century, Lilti's history at the same time shines a light on the continuing importance of this phenomenon in today’s world. Perceptive and imaginative, The Invention of Celebrity is well-researched. It provides an in-depth analysis and a new perspective which will undoubtedly inspire further research.

History / Music / Biographies & Memoirs

Red Robinson: The Last Deejay by Robin Brunet (Harbour Publishing)

Red Robinson is a living legend, a pioneer and a national treasure. His story is rock ‘n roll history, and proof that, sometimes, nice guys do finish first. – Michael Bublé

Red Robinson details the life and career of Red Robinson, one of Canada's most celebrated pioneers of rock and roll. Robinson began spinning hits while in high school in the early 1950s, laying the foundation for what would become a glamorous, impossible-to-stop and ultimately fulfilling career that has made him a household name west of the Rockies.

The author is Robin Brunet, a writer, editor and journalist for 32 years.

Raised by a single mother, Robinson worked as a delivery boy to help support the family. From humble beginnings, he developed a strong work ethic and unflappable moral core that enabled him to pursue a career that has endured. In Red Robinson readers find an account of how Robinson pranked his way into his first radio job. Included are behind-the-scenes stories from close encounters with Vancouver's visiting celebrities, like the time Robinson spent an hour with Elvis Presley in the BC Lions dressing room talking cars, women, movies and opera, or when Robinson nearly killed Roy Orbison and Bobby Goldsboro in a 1962 Grand Parisienne convertible while speeding to catch the Nanaimo ferry.

Robinson's vast career highlights are remarkable, from introducing The Beatles to the stage, ushering Randy Bachman to the status of superstardom, and as part of EXPO '86, presenting The Legends of Rock 'n' Roll featuring Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Righteous Brothers. Red Robinson recalls the highs, hurdles and triumphs of a celebrated time in rock-and-roll history, presented by the man who dug into the guts, glory and glitz that only a champion of the frontlines of music really can.

According to Brunet in the introduction to Red Robinson, the biggest difference between a celebrity and an icon is that while celebrities are admired, obsessed over and lusted after, icons inhabit a deeper part of one's psyche. They symbolize an era, and by extension they remind people of their past and their place in a specific part of the world.

Robinson holds claim to being the voice of the city – Vancouver – one that single-handedly introduced rock and roll to its youth and will forever be associated with broadcasting when it was a non-corporate, risky, irresponsible, seat-of-the-pants undertaking.

Burnet says that if love for another era is fuel for the soul, then Robinson may be spinning his discs and telling his stories for another decade or so, but one thing is certain: the passage of time reinforces misunderstandings and lies even more surely than facts, and when Robinson shows a friend the stack of boxes in his office containing newspaper clippings chronicling his sixty-plus-year career, his expression is a curious mix of pride and frustration. "They were writing things about me and other disc jockeys that weren't true even back in the 1950s, never mind now," he says.

Robinson, who is increasingly concerned with streamlining his daily life and dispersing his enormous collection of memorabilia to the appropriate recipients, would like to set the record straight in Red Robinson – just as any icon would. "It's embarrassing when you read the old clippings," he declares loudly. "It's the same stories repeated again and again, and the same old shit that is inaccurate, to say the least. The truth is way more interesting."

Still, Robinson has a knack for underestimating his worth in the grand scheme of things. He cringes at the prospect of getting someone to actually sit down with him, go over the clippings and separate fact from fiction. What would be the point? He was only a jock, one of many across North America who flouted convention when doing so was unthinkable. It wasn't as if he invented a vaccine or ended fighting in a foreign land. Only when it is suggested that his biography also be about the cohorts of his profession and how that profession evolved does he stop arguing and consider the possibilities.

Through lengthy interviews with Robinson, his colleagues, and his contemporaries, readers get a clear picture of the rise of rock ’n’ roll, Robinson’s role, and the reason he was one of a select few deejays feted at the opening of Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.... Robinson himself is modest to a fault, claiming, “I’m no legend.” But as the book delivers page after page of surprising stories, readers may think otherwise. – Publisher's Weekly

Readers of Red Robinson will be delighted by the behind-the-scenes accounts they cannot find anywhere else.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries / Cozies / Series

Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine (A Jaine Austen Mystery: Kensington Publishing Corporation)

Death of a Bachelorette is part of a series of cozy mysteries by Laura Levine. Levine is a comedy writer whose television credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Three’s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought working for a knock-off reality show in the tropics would be paradise. But when she and her kitty Prozac find themselves trapped between a dimwitted leading man, catty contestants, and a cold-blooded murderer, the splashy gig becomes one deadly nightmare...
Jaine’s life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come – a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn’t tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince...
But Jaine in Death of a Bachelorette never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it’s clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good – and the police won’t allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine throws herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly – or there won’t be any survivors left...

I’m crazy about Laura Levine’s mystery series. Her books are so outrageously funny. – Joanne Fluke

Enjoyable... This outing will keep cozy readers amused and wondering what absurdity will happen next. – Publishers Weekly on Murder Has Nine Lives
Jaine’s flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives. – Kirkus Reviews
on Murder Has Nine Lives
Jaine pursues justice and sanity in her usual hilarious yet smart way, with Levine infusing wit into her heroine’s every thought. A thoroughly fun read that will interest Evanovich fans. – Booklist
on Murder Has Nine Lives
Jaine is absolutely hysterical... this author continues to write the best cozies. – Suspense Magazine
on Killing Cupid

Levine offers a well-crafted plot – Publishers Weekly on Killing Cupid
Levine’s latest finds her at her witty and wacky best. – Kirkus Reviews
on Death of a Neighborhood Witch
Laura Levine’s hilarious debut mystery,
This Pen for Hire, is a laugh a page (or two or three) as well as a crafty puzzle. Sleuth Jaine Austen’s amused take on life, love, sex and L.A. will delight readers. Sheer fun! – Carolyn Hart on This Pen for Hire

Expertly conceived, very funny and about as cozy as you can get.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

Two Nights: A Novel by Kathy Reichs (Bantam Books)

With 30 million copies of her series in print in 30 languages around the world, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs has built both critical acclaim and a rabid fan base for her novels featuring brilliant forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

This new novel, Two Nights, presents Reichs' first new main character since she brought the world brilliant, sharp-witted Tempe.

Reichs, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Reichs is a one-of-a-kind talent and a leading voice in publishing, and is no stranger to taking on a new challenge. She is one of under 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and her credentials as a forensic anthropologist have been in high demand at some of the most fraught and high-profile sites in recent memory. She is past Chief Medical examiner in North Carolina and for the province of Quebec.

In Two Nights readers meet Sunnie Night. Like Tempe, Sunnie, a private investigator, is a smart, tough, and talented heroine with a thirst for justice – although Sunnie's stems from her own dark past, favors a handgun over a microscope, and her methods tend to be a little messier.

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life.

She thinks she doesn't need anyone or anything, until a woman with a missing granddaughter – whom Sunnie is uniquely qualified to find – appeals to a tiny soft spot she didn't know she had. The girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?
Racing from South Carolina to Chicago, Los Angeles to Kentucky, Sunnie in Two Nights must unravel a heinous crime and stop another in its tracks in an effort to save a child, and perhaps heal her own wounds.

Reichs’ newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan, is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself. – Kirkus Reviews
Brennan fans should appreciate Sunday
[Night] ... the star of this fast-paced series launch from bestseller Reichs. [The finale] seems designed for the big screen. – Publishers Weekly
The writing is crisp and vivid.... The story is cleverly plotted.... Reichs’ legion of fans should be encouraged to check out this one. – Booklist

As PI Sunday Night says, "Life is a rat's nest of noise and chaos and chance." Sometimes, you need to throw caution to the wind and strike out on a new path. And that's what Kathy has done with Two Nights, a new direction that is sure to please her legion of fans as well as earn her new ones.

Music & Entertainment / Biographies & Memoirs

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966 by Kenneth Womack (Chicago Review Press)

 Maximum Volume by Kenneth Womak offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles.

Womack’s books include Long and Winding Roads, The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia, and New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles. Womack delivers some fifty invited Beatles talks a year to audiences across the nation.

Beatle’s producer George Martin’s working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC’s Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group’s Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles’ incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.
The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin’s early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. These popular recordings established Martin as an incredibly innovative A&R leader. Now, more than 50 years later, Sir George's singular stamp remains on popular music as successive generations discover the magic of the Beatles.

In its most dramatic moments, Maximum Volume narrates the story of Martin’s unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number-one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul – all of which bear Martin’s unmistakable musical signature.

Sir George Martin, otherwise known as ‘the fifth Beatle,’ was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles' incredible body of work over the course of seven years. It was in the summer of 1962 that the Beatles pulled up to EMI on Abbey Road with their beat-up gear, shaggy hair and Liverpool accents to play for the record label. This was the recording session where Martin first heard the songs "Love Me Do," "P.S. I Love You" and "Ask Me Why." Although Martin wasn't exactly impressed with their musical skill and quickly became exasperated with the band's seeming lack of studio professionalism, he was instantly charmed by their wit and charisma. That day in June marked the beginning of a groundbreaking partnership that would influence popular music for years to come.

Maximum Volume is the first volume of the first full-length biography of Sir George Martin. Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides readers with a detailed account of Martin's collaborative work with ‘the fab four.’

They seemed an unlikely partnership – the Beatles, who knew everything about rock and roll music, and their classically trained producer George Martin, who knew very little. But as Kenneth Womack uncovers in this engrossing and forensically detailed biography, the recording studio became a ‘magic workshop’ and George Martin a musical wizard when it came to the Beatles’ songs. A fascinating read. – Ray Connolly, author of Being Elvis

An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it. – Kirkus Reviews

George Martin transformed the role of 'producer' as much as the Beatles transformed our idea of a 'band,' so Kenneth Womack's engaging account of Martin's life fills a major hole on pop music's shelf. For a rich, illuminating understanding of how the Beatles catalog transcends song, performance, and arrangement, jump through this hogshead of real fire: tonight, George Martin tops the bill. – Tim Riley, author of Tell Me Why and Lennon: Man, Myth, Music

A marvelous magical mystery tour behind the wizard’s curtain – one that leaves us with a deep understanding of one of the key architects of pop culture. Essential reading for anyone who's ever had a soundtrack to their dreams. – Vivek J. Tiwary, author of The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

From his unlikely discovery of the band in 1962 to the production of the landmark album Rubber Soul, Maximum Volume is a captivating biography sharing how Martin's humble beginnings and his musical influences shaped his career as the producer behind the band's sound.

Outdoors & Nature / Adventure / Biographies & Memoirs

Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean by Morten Strøksnes, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally (Alfred A. Knopf)

Shark Drunk is a salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean.
The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty – the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small villages, where the art of fishing, though evolving, is still practiced in traditional ways.
Beneath the great depths surrounding these islands lurks the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-four feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not known just for its size: Its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author Morten Strøksnes and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature – all from a tiny rubber boat.
Strøksnes is a Norwegian journalist and writer. He has published eight critically acclaimed books of literary reportage and contributed to several others. He is the winner of the Norwegian Brage Prize and the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature, both in 2015, and the Norwegian Reine Ord Prize at Lofoten International Literature Festival in 2016.

Strøksnes and Aasjord in Shark Drunk together tackle existential questions and encounter the world’s most powerful maelstrom as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own – sometimes intoxicated – observations, meanwhile pursuing the elusive Greenland shark.

Move over, Ishmael. Move over, Jonah. Move over, Izaak Walton and Norman Maclean. Make room for a fish tale, wry and fantastical, weird and melancholy, that must now take its rightful place among our classic existential stories about the denizens of the deep. – Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice
The Greenland shark is the bait, but the point is not to catch the fish.
Shark Drunk is a phantasmagoric journey, both ultra-vivid and laconic, through the history and natural history of a remarkable region, its teeming seas and tough, resourceful locals. Strøksnes weaves his tale from a dense wool of close observation, fishing yarns, erudition lightly worn, and a helpless, consuming love of the ocean. – William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days
A beautifully crafted, slyly funny meditation on friendship, nature, history, literature, and most of all, the sea. That, and a gripping adventure tale about a hunt for a flesh-eating, razor-skinned sea monster. I don’t know how Strøksnes makes it work, but he does, brilliantly
. – Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours
Gorgeously written and thoroughly addictive. With the open-minded inquisitiveness of Charles Darwin and the obsession of Captain Ahab, Strøksnes heads out to sea, chasing a monster of the deep known as the Greenland shark. Every page feels like a cabinet of curiosities, filled with head-scratching surprises, nuggets of wisdom, and wondrous insights
. – Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods
Some great quests defy any logical explanation but by virtue of their whimsical turns lead to unexpected wonder and enlightenment. This is one such quest – it transports us with humor and insight to forbidding coasts and unexplored depths
. –Peter Stark, author of Astoria
An epic fishing trip reels in fascinating sea lore in this briny eco-adventure.... The author ponders everything related to the ocean, including bizarre luminous squids of the inky depths, frolicking orca pods and sperm whales, ancient disquisitions on maritime monsters, flinty islanders who live off the sea, and the close, testy relationships between fishing friends. Strøksnes’s erudition, salty humor, and unfussy prose yield a fresh, engrossing natural history. – Publishers Weekly,
Starred Review
Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark.... readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights. – Kirkus

By turns thrilling, wise, and hilarious, Shark Drunk is a celebration of adventure, marine life, and, above all, friendship.
Professional & Technical / Psychiatry & Counseling / Teaching

Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change by Jane A. G. Kise (Corwin Press)

Change is hard work, even when one is convinced it's worth the effort. Teachers are expected to change without clear explanations or evidence of how the changes will benefit them or their students.

Differentiated Coaching by Jane Kise applies the latest research and theory of personality type, multiple intelligences, experiential learning models, and Mind Styles model to create a differentiated approach for staff development based on the idea that meaningful change is most likely to occur when teachers' beliefs, feelings, and personalities are taken into consideration.

Kise, an educational consultant with extensive experience in leadership, instructional coaching, differentiation, and effective mathematics instruction, is considered a worldwide expert in Jungian type and its impact on leadership and education. She currently teaches doctoral courses in education leadership for the University of St. Thomas and is a past faculty member of the Center for Applications of Psychological Type.

Differentiated Coaching touches on six key elements:

  • A common framework for unbiased reflection on education.
  • Teachers' strengths and beliefs about teaching and learning.
  • Information and evidence that can influence those beliefs.
  • The needs of the teacher during change.
  • The relationship of what is being learned to the problem the teacher wants to solve in the classroom.
  • The value of creating an environment for deep, reflective collaboration among teachers.

According to Kise, when teachers understand how their strengths and beliefs may lock them into practices that limit freedom to help students succeed, they can begin to entertain fresh possibilities and stay open to new avenues for professional growth.

Kise says that what is needed is a common framework that allows readers to understand why teachers aren't changing. She says that progress with the pilot team came when she grasped that she wasn't just getting them to adopt a common learning styles framework – she was asking them to change their educational beliefs. That magnitude of change is difficult even when teachers believe that the change will be for the better, let alone if they have seen change after change bring little improvement in student academic performance, as is the case for many teachers.

The first half of Differentiated Coaching lays out six key elements for effective staff development that allow for differentiation to meet the needs of each teacher, just as coaches are asking them to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. The second half introduces a model that helps identify patterns in teacher beliefs, needs, and learning styles that, while not eliminating the difficulty of change, adds understanding and a common framework for coaching and for discussing teaching and learning.

Jane Kise's Differentiated Coaching aligns with coaching's fundamental belief in the other person's ability to generate solutions and continuously improve and grow. In our world of fast change and results that often minimize relationships and produce little change, this book illuminates the importance of intentionally knowing and caring about those we coach. As a result, trust and respect exist and change becomes possibility! – Kathryn Kee, Leadership Coach and Consultant, Coaching School Results, Inc.
Jane Kise really understands teachers. Results come when instructional coaches understand the beliefs and perceptions of the teachers with whom they are working and adapt their coaching moves to match those styles. Jane Kise uses her own coaching experiences with a variety of teachers to show how a framework for understanding their beliefs leads to results. – Lois Brown Easton, Consultant and Former Director of Professional Development
Teacher-centered staff development recognizes the differences in adults that we seem to more easily recognize in our children. Much as we may oversimplify the delivery of staff development at the school or district level, practice informs us that one size clearly does not fit all. Kise provides us with a framework for acknowledging differences in adults and shows us how to use this framework to address these differences to support reform. – John S. Freeman, Principal
Gives educators a framework for self-improvement, mentoring/coaching, staff development, sense of team, and the ultimate bottom line in education – student achievement. Provides practical implementation advice that is often 'missing in action' when solutions are created by researchers versus those in the trenches. – James M. Bauck, Superintendent
Kise helps teachers understand their strengths and styles and how to work with other staff members who have different or similar strengths and needs. The recommended coaching strategies encourage leaders to identify what teachers need during change and how to support these needs. – Meryl Babcock, Principal

Differentiated Coaching is for teacher educators, teachers, principals, administrators, staff developers, coaches and mentors. An outstanding and innovative book, it emphasizes the importance of understanding the beliefs and perceptions of those being coached, giving educators a framework for coaching. It is a 'must-read' for all educators who want to successfully help others improve their practices.

Travel / Social Science

Drawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World by Chris Kullstroem (Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.)

Inspired by a fascination with fear culture, writer Chris Kullstroem in Drawn to the Dark describes how she left her job and home to experience firsthand some of the world’s most legendary scare shows. Under the guidance of locals, she saw it all: attractions like the Day of the Dead, the haunts of New Zealand, and even the mythical Krampus brought to life in the streets of Austria. Each eerie enactment evokes a sense of wonder, demonstrating powerful emotions that transcend language and culture to reveal a connection we all share.

Kullstroem is a lifelong Halloween, horror, and dark tourism enthusiast. She holds seminars on how scare venues blend history, theater, and social interaction, and she enjoys exploring what these shows can teach us about our society and the people around us. Kullstroem worked as a traveling correspondent on the radio show Paranormal Talk and received her master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Readers of Drawn to the Dark follow Kullstroem as she sets out on a yearlong, eleven-country tour to explore the seemingly universal fascination with fear, death, and monsters. From home to home, Kullstroem traveled the world via Couchsurfing, a hospitality network that pairs travelers with local hosts at no cost.

Drawn to the Dark explores why so many find thrills in forms of fright. Each eerie enactment evokes a sense of wonder, demonstrating powerful emotions that transcend language and culture to reveal a connection that we all share.

Since we were children, images of closed closet doors, darkened basements, and stairways spiraling down into the blackness have terrified us – and yet, they have fascinated minds young and old for generations. If the unknown holds so much to fear, then why is it that cultures around the world continue to seek out and celebrate the mysteries of the dark?

Drawn to the Dark is a story of haunter explorations. It's a journey in which Kullstroem dedicated a year to looking at dark-themed characters and shows in eleven countries. We can think of such shows as a theatrical representation of what is commonly perceived to be scary, with all the characters, scenes, and interactions that entails. For those brave enough to inspect the draw, performance, and experience of scare tourism around the world, the depths of the human imagination await.

A delightfully dire catalogue of horrors. – Lisa Morton, author of Ghosts: A Haunted History

Visit candlelit cemeteries in Oaxaca, duck the whips of Krampus in Salzburg, hunt zombies in Britain, and dance with witches atop Brocken Mountain on Walpurgis Night.... a deliciously creepy companion for the free-spirited armchair traveler. – Lesley Bannatyne, author of Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night, Halloween expert and historian

… not just a hugely entertaining travel memoir or a delightfully dire catalogue of horrors; it’s first and foremost an insightful, personal exploration of humankind’s global fascination with the monstrous. – Lisa Morton, author of Ghosts: A Haunted History and Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween

A fascinating glimpse into the exploration of the darker, more fantastic corners of our imagination from around the world! – Edward Douglas, founder of and co-composer for the award-winning recording act Midnight Syndicate

An excitingly macabre tour through a horror lover’s best attractions and events! – Justin Lewis, Mr. Frights

Chronicled with insightful detail and surprising humor, Drawn to the Dark is Kullstroem’s very personal journey around the world as a monster explorer.

 

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Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs by National Geographic, with a foreword by Tina Brown (National Geographic)

A Designer's Research Manual, 2nd edition, Updated and Expanded: Succeed in design by knowing your clients and understanding what they really need by Jenn Visocky O'Grady & Ken Visocky O'Grady (Rockport Publishers)

Fine Art Photoshop: Diving Into the World of Photographic Art by Ella Putney Carlson (Amherst Media, Inc.)

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley (Tim Duggan Books, Crown Publishing Group)

Software Methodologies: A Quantitative Guide, 1st edition by Capers Jones (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Invitation to Computer Science – Standalone book, 7th edition by G. Michael Schneider & Judith L. Gersting (Cengage Learning)

The Arduino Inventor's Guide: Learn Electronics by Making 10 Awesome Projects 1st edition by Brian Huang & Derek Runberg (No Starch Press)

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss (Surrey Books, Agate)

Posh Kebabs: Over 70 Recipes for Sensational Skewers and Chic Shawarmas by Rosie Reynolds, with photography by Faith Mason (Quadrille)

Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education beyond the Color-Bind by Jabara Mahiri, with series editor James A. Banks (Language and Literacy Series: Teachers College Press)

Nolo's IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities, 7th edition by Lawrence M. Siegel (Nolo)

The Invention of Celebrity, 1st edition by Antoine Lilti, translated from the French by Lynn Jeffress (Polity)

Red Robinson: The Last Deejay by Robin Brunet (Harbour Publishing)

Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine (A Jaine Austen Mystery: Kensington Publishing Corporation)

Two Nights: A Novel by Kathy Reichs (Bantam Books)

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966 by Kenneth Womack (Chicago Review Press)

Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean by Morten Strøksnes, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally (Alfred A. Knopf)

Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change by Jane A. G. Kise (Corwin Press)

Drawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World by Chris Kullstroem (Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.)