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Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton by Frank H. Goodyear Jr. & Charles R. Preston, with a foreword by Dan Flores (The Charles M. Russell Center Series, Book 19: University of Oklahoma Press)

Portraiture Unplugged: Natural Light Photography by Carl Caylor (Amherst Media, Inc.)

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty (St. Martin’s Press)

The Nutcracker's Night before Christmas by Keith Brockett, illustrated by Joseph Cowman (Sleeping Bear Press)

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing, 5th edition by Michael Biggs (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court by Marci Jefferson (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press)

100 Days of Happiness: A Novel by Fausto Brizzi, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar (Pamela Dorman Books, Viking)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman (The Dial Press)

The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5: Elevating Instruction Day by Day by Leslie A. Blauman (Corwin Literacy Series: Corwin)

Negation in Uralic Languages edited by Matti Miestamo, Anne Tamm, & Beáta Wagner-Nagy (Typological Studies in Language Series, No 108: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Clinics Collections Series by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Elsevier)

Type II Diabetes Mellitus: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Asthma: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Pain Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Lipid Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Communication Design: Insights from the Creative Industries by Derek Yates & Jessie Price (AVA Publishing, Fairchild Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC)

Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers by Alison M. Benders (Liturgical Press)

Paul's Theology of Preaching: The Apostle's Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth, revised and expanded edition by Duane Litfin (IVP Academic)

 


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Arts & Photography / History / Environment

Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton by Frank H. Goodyear Jr. & Charles R. Preston, with a foreword by Dan Flores (The Charles M. Russell Center Series, Book 19: University of Oklahoma Press)

 Naturalist John James Audubon found the Great Plains and their wildlife so riveting when he visited the region in 1834 that he broke off a letter to his wife because he was too excited to write. In the almost two hundred years since then, the Wyoming landscape, deemed the ‘Italy of America’ by landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, has retained its glory if not its place in the imagination of the American public.
In Wyoming Grasslands this landscape is captured in all its spectacular diversity in the photography of Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton, two of the modern American West’s most accomplished and well-known landscape photographers. Essays by Frank H. Goodyear, Jr., and Charles R. Preston provide a contextual framework for the images. Goodyear introduces readers to the imagery of the American West and explains the place of Berman’s and Sutton’s work within that tradition, and Preston focuses on the natural history of the grasslands, illuminating the area’s ecological diversity and changes through the seasons and over the years.
Frank H. Goodyear, Jr., is Guest Curator at the Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming; Charles R. Preston is the Willis McDonald, IV, Senior Curator of Natural Science at the Draper Natural History Museum; and Dan Flores is retired as A. B. Hammond Professor of History at the University of Montana, Missoula.

In 2012 Berman and Sutton launched their massive Wyoming Grasslands Photographic Project, a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Chapter, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Working in the tradition of late-nineteenth-century explorers and photographers of the American West, Berman and Sutton shot more than 50,000 digital photographs of Wyoming prairie, from the Red Desert of southwestern Wyoming to the Thunder Basin National Grassland of the state’s northeastern corner.
In eloquent words and pictures, Wyoming Grasslands offers dramatic proof of how the land that inspired the likes of Audubon and Bierstadt, while having altered over time, still holds and demands attention.

In the nineteenth century, to legions of Bierstadt's contemporaries, the grand grasslands of the Great Plains were America's wilderness garden. From the perspective of a century and a half later, with wildness now synonymous with the Rocky Mountains, the grasslands – except for sites of various energy booms – are hemorrhaging people and are widely regarded as flat, boring flyover country. This is one of the supreme ironies of the whole western story. How did this happen?

It is a tale at the heart of the history of the American West. Within seventy-five years after Bierstadt saw Wyoming as a kind of primitive Italy, Americans had somehow drained the grasslands of their magic. The historical processes that served as cause de-buffaloed, de-grizzlied, de-elked, de-wolfed, de-prairie-dogged, and almost de-grassed the place. In the West's environmental history the Rockies were targeted for public protection, and they became the wilderness sanctum sanctorum of much of the remarkable ecological diversity that had once made the West the American equivalent of East Africa. The unexpected outcome is that by today, the Rockies have become the fairyland and the grasslands the forgotten quarter. Lacking so much of its original wildlife, the entire Plains grasslands – except in a few exceptional places of the kind Preston describes in his essay in Wyoming Grasslands – morphed into a ghost town on a gigantic scale.

In 20I2 the Wyoming Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, asked photographers Berman and Sutton to commence work on a massive Wyoming Grasslands Photographic Project across the state. Between them, Berman and Sutton – two of the modern American West's most accomplished and well-known landscape photographers – shot more than fifty thousand digital photographs of Wyoming prairie, from the Red Desert of the southwest to the Thunder Basin National Grassland of the northeast. A selection of their best, most telling images appears in Wyoming Grasslands.

Goodyear's essay in Wyoming Grasslands puts Berman's and Sutton's work in fine historical and artistic context. Reading it will rearrange the artistic furniture in readers’ heads about grasslands and art, and grasslands and photography. But readers have to be open to the magic, because the western grasslands can also present the look of a used-up back lot, the country itself not much different from the abandoned, dilapidated homesteads crumbling into its prairie soils.

The best of Berman and Sutton’s extraordinarily sensitive, revealing, and powerful images appear in the pages of Wyoming Grasslands, documenting the sweep and the seasons of the Wyoming landscape. The book reminds readers of the remarkable bounty contained in the wild beauty and rich history of the Wyoming grasslands – even as these riches are under threat from both human and natural forces.

Arts & Photography / Portraiture

Portraiture Unplugged: Natural Light Photography by Carl Caylor (Amherst Media, Inc.)

If beauty was only skin-deep, every photograph would reveal the same personality. We create portraits. An artistic expression that goes past the outer layer, beyond first impressions, and into the abyss of one's defining essence. – Carl Caylor

The industry has changed rapidly of late, so with all the new lighting equipment on the market, why suggest photographers use natural light? There are several reasons: (1) Biology. The eyes of the subject are more colorful and powerful. (2) Education. The light is constant and can be seen before the im­age is captured. (3) Cost. Natural light is free. (4) Subject psychology. The subject doesn't have disturbing flashes going off every time an image is created. (5) Viewer psychology. The scene the viewer sees in an image is natural.

Natural light portraits can be creative, flattering, and highly marketable – but only if photographers know what to look for and how to implement it. Carl Caylor's practical guide, Portraiture Unplugged, walks readers through the ins and outs, showing them how to find scenes, place their subject, and refine each element of the image for exceptional results, indoors and out. Photographers learn how to:

  • Choose and use simple tools.
  • Control direction and contrast.
  • Meter for flawless exposures.
  • Produce flattering lighting patterns.
  • Photograph adults, teens, kids, or groups.

Caylor, a photographer for over 20 years, is a Kodak Mentor, PPA Certified, a Master Photographer and a Craftsman with Professional Photographers of America. He has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 17 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

In part 1 of Portraiture Unplugged, Caylor introduces readers to a fail-proof method for understanding, shaping, and harnessing natural light for results that rival studio-lighting looks. Using their powers of observation, an understanding of the physics of light, and employing a couple of inexpensive tools (reflector panels to bounce light and a gobo to block light), Caylor shows readers how to make the most of the sunlight for indoor and outdoor location shoots – and even studio work. Photographers learn how to tweak the direction of light and manipulate lighting angles to re-create classic portrait lighting styles – short lighting, broad lighting, and Rembrandt lighting – that flatter and contour the subjects’ facial structures to make them look their very best.
In part 2 of Portraiture Unplugged, Caylor provides an in-depth analysis into the techniques he used to create 60 beautiful natural-light portraits in myriad locations and circumstances, producing a wide range of portrait looks. Readers learn how to integrate other elements that are important to building an effective portrait – including prop selection, wardrobe, composition, expression, posing, and even planning for a top-notch, contrasty black and white shot.
Portraiture Unplugged is a book of information, not fluff. When readers read through the pages and study the images, they learn to find and use natural light for their portrait needs.

Portraiture Unplugged is a book of ‘bread and butter’ portraits done during class demonstrations or for actual clients. In either case, they are always treated with the same respect to artistic ideals. There are a few award-winning images in the book, but award-winning images don't always pay the bills. Caylor shows readers how to work in this medium so that they can make a living; from there, readers can add their own creativity to take their artistry to the next level.

Without question, one of the most talented photographers in the industry on working in natural light. A true master. – Tony Corbel, photographer and lighting evangelist

The epitome of a photographic artist. – Ken Sklute, Canon Explorer of Light

His knowledge of and experience shooting with available light makes him a leader in the field. – John Hartman, M. Photog. Cr., CPP, ASP

The text in Portraiture Unplugged, along with inspirational images, coaxes many photographers to enjoy a ‘back to basics’ approach that allows them to produce technically exquisite and profoundly artful, flattering portraits that sell themselves to clients. Caylor challenges readers to become better photographers than they already are. His photographic skills are just part of what helps each student. His greatest strength is his ability to see what skills others already possess and then to find ways to help enhance those skills.

Biographies & Memoirs

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty (St. Martin’s Press)

Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man and Just One Catch, Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University, delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in The Last Love Song, the first printed biography published about her life.

Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was at Vogue and Dunne was writing for Time. They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most notable work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, and The Year of Magical Thinking, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, which dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter.

In The Last Love Song Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer, interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great. Didion, in addition to being a National Book Award winning literary icon and journalist, is now the face of the French fashion house Celine. Her famed essay Goodbye to All That was recently optioned for film by producer Megan Carlson and Brian Sullivan while her novel A Book of Common Prayer has been picked up by Scott Campbell. Didion's nephew, Griffin Dunne, made headlines this past fall with his Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about his Aunt. Dunne reached his eighty thousand dollar fundraising goal in twenty-four hours.

In this engrossing biography of exceptional vibrancy, velocity, and perception, Daugherty astutely elucidates Didion's ever-evolving artistic explorations and political critiques as she interrogates the meaning and 'intelligibility’ of literature and life. He also portrays this intensely candid, searching writer as endlessly hardworking, brilliantly innovative, and as sensitive as a tuning fork or divining rod, trembling with the intensity of it all, perfect in pitch, stunning in revelation. – Booklist, starred review

An eloquent work on the life of Joan Didion, fashioning her story as
no less than the rupture of the American narrative... Wonderfully engaging. – Kirkus Reviews
, starred review

A strong biography. Who wouldn't want to read this `hot' book? – Library Journal, starred review

This landmark work renders a nuanced analysis of a literary life, lauds Didion's indelible contributions to American literature and journalism (especially New Journalism), and documents a style [that] has become the music of our time. – Publishers Weekly

The Last Love Song reads like fiction; lifelong fans and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute. Meticulously researched, appropriately respectful, and beautifully written, this is a biography worthy of its subject.

Children’s Books / Christmas / Ages 6-8

The Nutcracker's Night before Christmas by Keith Brockett, illustrated by Joseph Cowman (Sleeping Bear Press)

'Twas the night before Christmas, and up in the town,

a theater stood high on a hill like a crown.

Its stately marquee glittered brightly with light

proclaiming The Nutcracker's opening night....

It's Christmas Eve and opening night for a school production of the Nutcracker. What could go wrong?
Readers find out in the The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas.

The author, a professional dancer for more than 20 years, Keith Brockett has performed nearly every male role in The Nutcracker ballet. He was a member of The Washington Ballet in Washington D.C. and a guest artist with ballet companies and dance organizations around the country. He trained at The Washington School of Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Illustrator Joseph Cowman has been illustrating professionally for five years.

In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas, preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet go from terribly bad to ridiculously worse.

As opening night draws near, Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and the rest of the cast face one disaster after another – from misprinted programs to destroyed props and a nasty theater cat.

And with just minutes before the curtain call, the school's production of The Nutcracker Ballet is in chaos with torn tutus, spilled juice, and sick stagehands. Renegade cats and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on.

Cue major disappointment.

Can anything (or anyone) save the show?

But it's Christmas Eve! And there's just one person who might be able to save the day. Can Santa and his band of helpers turn this show around? With a lot of luck – and a little magic, anything is possible!

Adapted from Clement C. Moore's classic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and incorporating one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas is filled with humor while combining two perennial Christmas traditions. Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.

Criminology / Police Reports / Report Writing / Handbook

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing, 5th edition by Michael Biggs (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Even with the growing presence of technology in almost every part of the criminal justice system, Michael Biggs in Just the Facts says he remains convinced that a basic set of rules for investigators to follow when writing their reports is the best approach. Consistency, simplicity, and thoroughness is a hard combination to beat when it comes to documenting the results of an investigation. Biggs is at Long Beach City College.

Just the Facts: Investigative Report Writing, 5th edition, brings together all the simple rules and techniques students need to write effective investigative reports in law enforcement. Its user-friendly methodology works in any context, with any crime, regardless of the case’s complexity. Each chapter focuses on one major component of the report writing process, building on what has already been learned. Coverage includes: investigation basics, note taking, narrative writing, describing persons and property, crime and arrest reports, and writing interviews and search warrants.

This 5th edition of Just the Facts includes these revisions, additions and changes:

  • Chapter 1, "Investigation Basics," has been revised and includes an expanded section on Administrative Investigations.
  • Chapter 3, "Note Taking," has been updated to include a discussion about and examples of field interview cards along with photos of field notebooks showing how to organize them and what information to include.
  • Chapter 5, "Crime Reports," has an expanded section on modus operandi and includes a guide to various methods of operation.
  • Chapter 6, "Arrest Reports," has been revised and now includes an expanded discussion of the importance of probable cause and examples of how it can be documented.
  • Chapter 8, "Writing Search Warrants," has been revised and includes updated examples of affiant introductions and a completed search warrant as an example.
  • Chapter 9, "Issues in Writing," has been updated and includes an expanded section on field show ups, live line ups and photo identifications. The chapter also discusses the importance of ethics in the report writing process.

In addition, Just the Facts has been updated to include student writing exercises in Chapter 1, allowing students to begin writing sooner. Student Learning Objectives have been added to each chapter, providing the instructor with a focused framework to work within. The end-of-chapter quizzes have been expanded. There are now 135 questions with which to test student knowledge and check for concept understanding. And the writing exercises have been updated.

Each chapter is devoted to a major component of the report writing process and builds on the previous learnings. Each chapter provides an overview of what will be discussed and then offers a list of key terms that will be covered in it. Each chapter concludes with a summary, followed by a short review, a set of exercises to build on the material that the chapter covered, and a 15-question quiz. The exercises are designed to build confidence and reinforce the topics covered.

Chapter 1 covers the basics of investigation, the goal of an investigation, and what steps to take in initiating an investigation. The chapter also lists the qualities that superior investigators demonstrate and provides readers with the opportunity to compare their traits to those qualities.

Chapter 2 of Just the Facts provides the framework for writing good investigative narratives and guides on how to overcome spelling problems. This chapter gives any investigator the skills to write effective reports.

Chapter 3 is all about note taking, field notebooks, and the desired outcome of note taking opportunities. The discussion of notebook types and which one is right for each investigator should prove helpful to those new to the business.

Chapter 4 clearly defines the players in a report, including the reporting party, victim, suspect, and witnesses. The chapter not only identifies the people in a report, but also provides some basic guidelines for describing suspects and property.

Chapter 5 covers the purposes and uses of crime reports and explains how to effectively complete a face sheet and a complete narrative. It also provides examples of methods of operation that can be used to help identify suspect's tactics.

Chapter 6 addresses when an arrest report is needed and how to complete one. It offers suggestions for completing a report when no set format is available.

Chapter 7 deals with the relationship between the interview process and the role it plays in report writing. The chapter looks at verbal and nonverbal clues for the interviewer, describes how these clues can be used to establish a behavior baseline, discusses the need for preparation and how and when to conduct the interview, reviews the Miranda admonishment, and explains how to write the results of the interview.

Chapter 8 provides the fundamentals of writing search warrants and begins by explaining the parts of a search warrant and the process to be followed in obtaining one. The chapter also includes an example of a search warrant.

Chapter 9 acts as a summary and brings to the forefront several report writing problems and ways to solve them.

Instructor Supplements include the Instructor's Manual, which includes content outlines for classroom discussion, teaching suggestions, and answers to selected end-of-chapter questions from the text, and PowerPoint Presentations, which offer clear, straightforward outlines and notes to use for class lectures or study materials. Photos, illustrations, charts, and tables from the book are included in the presentations when applicable.

Investigators need to be good because there are many critics who believe themselves to be fully informed by a 30-second sound bite. The reports these investigators produce are subject to more scrutiny than ever before, so there is still a need for a quality set of writing guidelines that combine the basics of investigation with some rules to follow in writing about what has been done. Investigators of every ilk need to make this aspect of their training a lifelong learning objective. Updated with new Learning Objectives, writing exercises, and expanded content Just the Facts, 5th edition retains its focus on consistency, simplicity, and thoroughness in documenting the results of an investigation.

Just the Facts can be used for all courses in law enforcement report writing in any criminal justice program. It is also a suitable reference for investigators.

Literature & Fiction / Historical

Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court by Marci Jefferson (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press)

In her first novel, Girl on the Golden Coin, Marci Jefferson tackled a woman and time overlooked by recent historical novelists, Frances Stuart and Restoration England. Jefferson's second novel, Enchantress of Paris, finds her exploring both foreign and familiar territory as she fictionalizes the life of Marie Mancini and immerses her in the alternately opulent and malicious worlds of 17th century Italy and France.

The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie learns her uncle has become the power behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall.

Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. But as her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grasp even greater glory, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will.

Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's deepest secret threatens to tear France apart. Then in Enchantress of Paris, when even King Louis's love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her forbidden powers of divination to shield her family, protect France, and help the Sun King fulfill his destiny.

Told with vivid historical detail and packed with court intrigue, this is sure to please fans of royal fiction. – Library Journal

Fraught with conspiracy and passion, the Sun King's opulent court is brought to vivid life in Enchantress of Paris, a captivating tale.

Literature & Fiction

100 Days of Happiness: A Novel by Fausto Brizzi, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar (Pamela Dorman Books, Viking)

"You're saying Fate has already written all our actions?"

Oscar shakes his head and goes on making doughnuts.
He doesn't know the answer, he raises doubts and offers questions but no solutions, like all philosophers.

"When all is said and done, Lucio my lad, the true meaning of life is nothing more than taking a bite out of a hot doughnut."

I smile and bite into one. As always, he's right. – from the book

What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have – by making every moment count.

Imperfect, unfaithful but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping at his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to right his wrongs, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn't felt in years.

A love letter to life itself, 100 Days of Happiness by Italian director, screenwriter, and film producer Fausto Brizzi unfolds in 100 pithy, cinematic chapters – one for each of Lucio's remaining days on earth.

Brizzi is an Italian director, screenwriter, and film producer. The Night Before Exams, his debut directorial work, won him numerous awards, including the David di Donatello. 100 Days of Happiness is his first novel, which was a bestseller in Italy and has been sold in more than twenty countries.
Brizzi says that when he saw the deaths of two relatives of close friends, and how differently two people could leave this world, he was inspired to write 100 Days of Happiness. One died slowly and painfully in a hospital bed, fading away before his family, and the other threw a party for friends and family and chose to die on her own terms, in her own time. Brizzi realized leaving life with a sense of celebration is how he would want to go, and began imagining Lucio Battistini's story.

100 Days of Happiness is a celebration of everyday life masquerading as a countdown to death. To read it is to realize that the child within us is still alive and well, ready to laugh, play, love unguardedly, and eat hot doughnuts. – Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings

Funny, moving... I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes. – Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie Project

100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. 

Wistful, touching, and often hilarious, the book reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.

Literature & Fiction

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman (The Dial Press)

For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers is the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists. Rachman has been a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, stationed in Rome, and worked as an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris.

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, this New York Times bestselling author this time delivers a novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.

In The Rise & Fall of Great Powers Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth.
As a child, Paul, Tooly’s less-than-attentive father, took her from her unfit mother, and he and Tooly traveled from Australia to Bangkok, thanks to his short-term, government-funded computer assignments. Left to her own devices much of the time, it seemed inevitable that Tooly would fall in with a ragtag group of ex-pats – mercurial Sarah, Russian literature lover Humphrey, and their Svengali-like leader, Venn – who took her under their collective wing.

Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.

Why did they take her? What did they really want?

Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.

Rachman spans the last 30 years in The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, a tale about the rocky road to adulthood. Over the course of flashbacks and fast-forward escapades, Tooly gradually pieces together the jigsaw of her unconventional life to confront a complete picture that isn’t always comforting.

The haunting tale of a young woman reassessing her turbulent past ... brilliantly structured, beautifully written. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A suspenseful novel that whisks readers around the world ...
[a journey] worth taking. – Publishers Weekly
A tale about the mystery of the self, the power of books, and how truth and fiction can inextricably intermingle ... captivating. – Library Journal

Ingenious ... Rachman needs only a few well-drawn characters to fill a large canvas and an impressive swath of history. – Janet Maslin, The New York Times
A superb follow-up to 2010’s
The Imperfectionists ... ambitious and engaging. – The Seattle Times
I found it impossible not to fall in love with shape-shifting Tooly. As an adult, she sports an ironical sense of humor and an attraction to dusty old books. As a child, her straight-faced mirth and wordplay are break-your-heart irresistible. –
Ron Charles, The Washington Post
[A] read-it-all-in-one-weekend book. – The New Republic

… Rachman’s kaleidoscopic second novel demonstrates that one’s family is very often made up of the people you find and who find you along the way. – Carol Haggas, Booklist

Rachman’s comedic powers drive the story, with grace and wit.... [He] can compose sentences, paragraphs and whole pages with near perfect pitch and rhythm. – Minneapolis Star Tribune
A smart, rollicking novel. – O: The Oprah Magazine
Tom Rachman creates this whole world of complicated, flawed and endearing characters who keep you wanting more. – NPR

Ingeniously orchestrated. – Vanity Fair

The observations raised in this novel emerge from the very specific tale of one woman and her extremely unusual circumstances, but what they all point to is a kind of reckoning with the most fundamental questions of human existence: who we are, and why.... While Rachman's novel offers no easy answers – indeed, how could it? – it provides a worthwhile investigation into our insatiable need for self-knowledge, a desire that is profoundly and inescapably part of what it means to be human. – Chicago Tribune
Tom Rachman scores again ...
[Tooly] is plucky and admirable and so fully drawn that you watch with horror as she makes terrible and cruel choices through her young adulthood.... We watch with admiration as Tooly’s heart opens up and she does her best to correct and amend for her past behaviors.... This is a satisfying adult novel with a hopeful ending. – The Oregonian

Rachman – an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters – in The Rise & Fall of Great Powers has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman’s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Professional & Technical / Education & Teaching

The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5: Elevating Instruction Day by Day by Leslie A. Blauman (Corwin Literacy Series: Corwin)

How do we help students think strategically about what they are reading and writing? How can we be ‘sketch artists’ as we move from lesson to lesson so students see the connecting lines in terms of craft and ideas? How do we instruct and inspire students to discuss the ideas in fiction and nonfiction, and not just one-up each other with facts? How do we as teachers meet standards, meet our kids, and meet a slew of other demands without becoming manic in our teaching?

These are just a few of the questions that shaped the concept of this book, The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5.

In The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5, a follow-up to her Common Core Companion, Grades 3-5, Leslie Blauman provides an ample supply of connected lessons teachers can use as booster shots when their students need a good dose of integrated reading and writing instruction. The 50+ lessons are divided into five learning sequences that span the ELA standards, bringing a Monday-through-Friday clarity to a process that often overwhelms teachers and coaches alike.

Blauman has been teaching reading and literacy in the Colorado public schools for over 30 years. Her classroom is a working model for child/staff development in reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Following each sequence and week by week, teachers build the instructional potency to help students achieve a year’s worth of growth as they integrate:

1.              Reading Craft and Structure with Opinion Writing

2.              Opinion Writing with Evaluating Argument in Informational Text

3.              Narrative Writing with Craft and Structure (words, phrases, key ideas, setting, character, and events)

4.              Informative/Explanatory Text Writing with Reading for Key Ideas

5.              Research to Build and Present Knowledge with Integration of Knowledge and Ideas in Reading

For teachers who need a great kickoff to a unit of study or review/intervention lessons toward the end of a unit; Blauman’s booster lessons are eminently ‘dippable.’ Or they can use her book and its companion website as a planner for deeper, longer-term instructional design.

Bauman has organized the lessons into lesson sequences – so each lesson connects to another, and they are designed to cover a week or two of instruction. When teachers try them, they get them into the groove of integrating a handful of reading and writing and all the English language arts (ELA) standards each week. There are five of these sequences in all.

The spirit of The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5 is just that: Blauman says she wants to help teachers center their instruction on what they know works in developing learners' capacity to read, write, listen, and speak. To that end, the Big Ticket practice at work is connecting reading and writing. A reading lesson is followed by a companion writing lesson, or vice versa, so that students benefit from seeing the yin and yang of these two processes. A mountain of research supports instruction that helps students see both reading and writing as reciprocal processes. When teachers teach students to read like writers and write like readers, each endeavor makes much more sense to them.

In addition, the lessons and learning integrate select core practices. These are the research-based practices that have proven to be worthwhile. So for each lesson sequence, Blauman has picked the core literacy practices most relevant to the lessons and learning.

Toward the end of each sequence, she includes writing samples from students and also has a page called "Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts."

According to Blauman in The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, integrating students' writing into the weave of practitioners’ reading and writing instruction is as important as integrating standards. The purpose of reading and the purpose of writing suddenly matter because the writer is right there to embody the ideas, answer questions, and clarify.

What Leslie Blauman has done with her booster lessons is to provide busy teachers and coaches with a Common Core Rosetta Stone. What a gift to have one master teacher's translation of Standards language into expertly crafted daily lessons. The lessons are real, doable, and rigorous at the same time. This book will be a great discovery for any educator! – Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Literacy Teacher's Playbook

From the first page of The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5, Leslie Blauman is our tour guide on a remarkable journey. We listen raptly as she leads us to twists and turns where reading and writing converge, points out signs that illuminate student learning, warns us of roadblocks that could impede our way, and suggests detours of flexible side trips across topics and grades. Leslie invites us on a joyful discovery of a new landscape where best practice and Common Core can reside in harmony. Pack your bags because you'll never want to leave! – Mary Howard, Author of Good to Great Teaching

As a curriculum leader, I spend July and August with colleagues reviewing our curriculum implementation guides. Thanks to this book, my summer just got a lot easier. What Leslie Blauman has developed is that booster shot that takes your current reading and writing curriculum guides to the next level. She shows you – and teaches you – how to beautifully interweave a series of rich and robust lessons that brings students to higher levels of thinking with narrative and nonfiction reading and writing. It will surely energize your present curriculum, and its integrated lessons are worth their weight in gold. Prepare for a turbo boost. – Mike Rafferty, Curriculum Leader for Language Arts/Reading, Fairfield Public Schools

The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5, is the resource teachers will turn to again and again for various purposes throughout the year. Teachers can find hundreds of literacy lessons in hundreds of places – but none of them will do for students what the ones in this book do. What’s the magic bullet? Integration. The sequences address the Common Core Standards, but the attendant literacy topics and skills are timeless. Blauman gets rid of the reading and writing practices that are not supported by research. And she advocates authenticity with students.

Professional & Technical / Linguistics / Typology

Negation in Uralic Languages edited by Matti Miestamo, Anne Tamm, & Beáta Wagner-Nagy (Typological Studies in Language Series, No 108: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

The grammaticalized expression of negation is a linguistic universal. Negation in Uralic Languages deals with negation in the Uralic language family in a typological perspective. As in no other major language family before, a comprehensive typological questionnaire provides the basis for the chapters documenting negation in 17 languages. Most of them are endangered. The chapters highlight negative auxiliary verbs – the special Uralic feature – and their ways of combining with the rich inventory of other negators in different types of clauses, as well as negative replies, negative indefinites, abessives/caritives/privatives, scope, polarity and emphatic negation. Selected aspects of negation, such as negative indefinites, negation of non-verbal predicates and information structure, are discussed in more detail in five further chapters.

The editors are Matti Miestamo, University of Helsinki; Anne Tamm, Central European University and Karoli Gaspar University of the Hungarian Reformed Church; and Beata Wagner-Nagy, University of Hamburg. Many of the contributors have a strong background in historical-comparative Uralic linguistics.

According to the editors in the introduction to Negation in Uralic Languages, in the first half of the 19th century, the Finnish scholars A. J. Sjogren and M. A. Castren made extensive field expeditions visiting various, mainly Uralic, peoples in Siberia and in the European parts of Russia. This marked the beginning of an influential ethnolinguistic and historical-comparative tradition focusing on the languages of northern Eurasia. With this long research history, Uralic languages are among the best known language families in the world. Much of the subsequent work has, however, been carried out with historical-comparative rather than documentary and descriptive goals, and many Uralic languages can be considered to be relatively poorly documented by modern standards. For decades, the Western linguistic community was cut off from the Uralic native speaker linguists and fieldwork possibilities in Russia. Negation in Uralic Languages includes contributions by two native speaker linguists who represent this rich tradition.

In the hope of fruitful cross-fertilization between typology and Uralic linguistics, a conference bringing together researchers from both fields was held in Vienna in 2008, followed by two workshops with similar aims held in Tallinn. In the spirit of this initiative, the editors envisaged a collaborative project investigat­ing negation in Uralic languages from a typological viewpoint. After several years of cooperation between the authors and editors, including project workshops in Piliscsaba, Budapest and Stockholm, the results of the project is now published as a collective volume, Negation in Uralic Languages.

Language typology is theoretical linguistics – striving to understand and explain the properties of languages and the nature of human language – with an empirical basis in worldwide language comparison. Typology is dependent on the data and analyses provided by linguists working on individual languages, who, on the other hand, benefit from the results of typological work that can give them new insights into the properties of their respective languages. Negation in Uralic Languages is a concrete demonstration of these mutual benefits in the analysis of negation in Uralic languages and the typology of negation. The Uralic negative structures and their uses are analyzed against a typological background, with the help of a typologically informed and functionally oriented questionnaire, hoping that these will lead to a better understanding of negation in Uralic languages. The contributions in Negation in Uralic Languages bring new fieldwork-based data and facts from Uralic languages to the reach of the typological community, contributing thus to the empirical basis of future typological studies of negation.

Furthermore, looking at negation in a single language family in a detailed and systematic way provides valuable new perspectives to the relationship between broad typological generalizations, the macro-typological view, and variation within narrower genealogical or areal boundaries, the micro-typological view. This also gives readers new possibilities for understanding the diachronic processes behind the develop­ment of negative structures and the possible contact phenomena involving the domain of negation.

Negation in Uralic Languages is divided into two parts. The first part describes negation in a number of Uralic languages following a questionnaire put together by the editors, and the second part addresses more specific topics related to negation in one or more Uralic languages. The questionnaire is meant to cover the domain of negation in a system­atic and comprehensive way.

In the first part of Negation in Uralic Languages, the negation systems of 17 Uralic languages are discussed. The languages are listed according to the groups recognized in the traditional view of the Uralic family tree followed by the name(s) of the author(s): Samoyedic: Forest Enets – Florian Siegl, Tundra Nenets – Nikolett Mus, Nganasan – Valentin Gusev, Selkup – Beata Wagner-Nagy; Ugric: Hungarian – Katalin E. Kiss, Eastern Khanty – Andrey Filchenko, Mansi – Katalin Sipocz; Permic: Komi – Arja Hamari, Udmurt – Svetlana Edygarova; Volgaic: Mari – Sirkka Saarinen, Erzya – Arja Hamari & Niina Aasmae; Saami: Southern Saami – Rogier Blokland & Nobufumi Inaba, Skolt Saami – Matti Miestamo & Eino Koponen; Finnic: Estonian – Anne Tamm, Livonian – Helle Metslang, Karl Pajusalu & Tilt-Rein Viitso, Finnish – Maria Vilkuna, Votic – Fedor Rozhanskiy & Elena Markus.

The strength of the research background varies from language to language. For languages like Hungarian, Finnish and Estonian, an extensive literature exists, and a lot of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic research is available for the authors to relate to and thus go well beyond a basic description of the negation system of their respective languages, adding new perspectives to the grammatical patterns described. For most of the Uralic languages, this is not the case, and the chapters make fundamental contributions to the documentation of these languages by filling in gaps in the existing descriptive literature.

In the second part, different topics in negation are addressed paying attention to one or more Uralic languages. Two of the chapters in Negation in Uralic Languages look at a specific phenomenon in (most of) the Uralic languages from an explicitly typological perspective: Lauren Van Alsenoy & Johan van der Auwera's chapter looks at negative indefinites and Ljuba Veselinova's chapter at negation in non-verbal and existential clauses across the family. Van Alsenoy and van der Auwera show that all Uralic languages follow the typologically common pattern in which negative indefinite pronouns always co-occur with verbal negation.

Veselinova's chapter focuses on the negation strategies in clauses expressing different kinds of non-verbal predications, such as Mary is (not) a nurse or There are (no) wild cats, in Uralic languages, describing them in detail from a morphosyntactic and semantic point of view and examining them against a larger typological background.

Two chapters focus on a specific issue in negation in one Uralic language: Ferenc Kiefer on the privative suffix meaning `without, -less' in Hungarian and Sachiko Sosa on pragmatic aspects of negation in Eastern Khanty. Kiefer examines the distribution of the Hungarian privative suffix, paying attention to the different factors that influence its combinability with different kinds of bases.

Sosa's chapter analyses Eastern Khanty negatives from the viewpoint of information structure using narrative data. A connection between negation and given information is found in the analysis, lending thus support to earlier claims about the pragmatic properties of negation.

Finally, Gianguido Manzelli's contribution takes an areal perspective and examines the mutual influences in negative patterns between Finno-Ugric and Turkic languages in the Volga-Kama region. Manzelli shows that in these languages, language contact has left its marks in the domain of negation as well. He observes such effects in standard negation structures as well as in prohibitives.

Negation in Uralic Languages brings new typologically informed perspectives on negation in the Uralic family, and it provides valuable data and insights for any linguist working on negation. Although the focus of the contributions is primarily synchronic, describing the negation systems of Uralic languages drawing from primary data and in most cases the authors' own fieldwork, the diachronic perspective is strongly present as well, and it helps shed light upon the little understood origins of negation structures.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Reference

Clinics Collections Series by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Elsevier)

The multidisciplinary perspective is essential to successful team-based management.

All the volumes in the Clinics Collections Series draw from Elsevier’s robust and curated Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, specialists and other healthcare professionals, with practical clinical insights on the evaluation and management of patients with diseases and other co-morbidities. Each year, Elsevier's prestigious Clinics Review Articles series publishes more than 250 issues (3000 plus articles) encompassing nearly 60 medical and surgical disciplines. Clinics Review Articles have been a part of the physicians', nurses', and residents' library for nearly 100 years. This trusted resource produces thousands of articles focused on the most current concepts and techniques in medicine.

Clinics Collections guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings to everyday practice to help overcome management challenges, keep up with new and improved treatments and improve patient outcomes.

  • Each article begins with keywords and key points for immediate access to the most critical information.
  • Articles are presented in an easy-to-digest and concisely worded format.

The editorial advisor for the series is Joel J. Heidelbaugh, M.D., FAAFP, FACG Professor, Family Medicine and Urology, Director, Family Medicine Clerkship, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School. Heidelbaugh is actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents at Ypsilanti Health Center, and attends on the Department of Family Medicine's inpatient adult medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital. His clinical interests include chronic disease management, preventative health screening, and disorders of the gastrointestinal system. Heidelbaugh's practice encompasses patients of all ages, with a wide spectrum of both medical and psychosocial disease states.

The Clinics Collections series will spur more collaboration, deeper understanding, and safer, more effective care for readers’ patients. Elsevier Clinics Collections provide concise reviews of today’s most prevalent conditions and significant medical developments. Clinics Collections titles available include Type II Diabetes Mellitus, Asthma, Obesity, Pain Management, Lipid Disorders, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Gastrointestinal Disorders, all seven of which are discussed in the following pages.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Endocrinology

Type II Diabetes Mellitus: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

347 million people worldwide have diabetes. Type II accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

Type II Diabetes Mellitus, part of the Clinics Collections Series, a curated collection of articles, draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, endocrinologists, and other healthcare professionals, with practical clinical insights on the evaluation and management of patients with this disease and other co-morbidities. Featured articles from the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, Medical Clinics of North America, Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage the diabetic patient. This multidisciplinary perspective is essential to successful team-based management.

Type II Diabetes Mellitus guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on type II diabetes to everyday practice to help overcome management challenges, keep up with new and improved treatments, and improve patient outcomes. Areas of focus include diabetic complications associated with the foot, cardiovascular system, renal system, gastrointestinal system, ophthalmologic disorders, dermatologic disorders, neurologic and psychological disorders, and special considerations.

Type II Diabetes Mellitus has 50 contributors and 22 articles.

This is a book full of detailed answers to the common clinical questions arising in Type 2 diabetes. Type II Diabetes Mellitus A Multidisciplinary Approach sets out the current evidence base for the management of the condition, from foot disease through to cardiovascular risk. It will be of particular interest to those who have to deal with a wide range of clinical situations in Type 2 diabetes. The level of detail is probably beyond that needed for non-specialists, but some sections, such as that on treating neuropathy, may have wider appeal.

Each chapter stands independently, so it is very easy to dip in and out of this book as needed. Another plus point is its focus on clinical situations and its application of basic science to clinical dilemmas, while providing detailed references to read further if you wish.... Each chapter is written as a narrative text with some chapters, such as the one about diabetic neuropathy, making good use of pictures and diagrams to summarize information.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book as a perfect compact reference text when it comes to managing common clinical problems seen in the diabetes clinic. – Dr. Adam Nicholls for Diabetes Update, Summer 2015

Clinics Collections: Type II Diabetes Mellitus is a current, comprehensive, and complete resource on diabetes clinical management.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Allergy

Asthma: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

235 million people worldwide have asthma. Asthma is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. It requires a lifetime of management and is one of the major noncommunicable diseases.

Asthma, part of the Clinics Collections Series, draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists, allergists, pediatricians, and other healthcare professionals, with practical clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent disease and its comorbidities.

Featured articles from the Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, Clinics in Chest Medicine, Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America, Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, and Nursing Clinics of North America reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage the asthmatic patient.

Clinics Collections: Asthma guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on asthma to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes.

Areas of focus include pathogenesis, treatment and management of adult asthma, management of pediatric asthma, and special considerations.

The volume has 62 contributors and 25 articles.

Clinics Collections: Asthma is a current, comprehensive, and complete resource on the clinical management of asthma.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Endocrinology

Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Obesity rates have doubled worldwide since 1980. Obesity is one of the leading pathways to other life-threatening comorbidities.

Obesity, part of the Clinics Collections Series, draws from Elsevier's robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, endocrinologists, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, with practical, clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent disease and its comorbidities. This collection of articles, devoted to obesity, draws from the database of the Clinics to provide practical clinical advice on comorbidities and complications of this highly prevalent disease.

Obesity guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on obesity to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes. Areas of focus include obesity and secondary disorders, pediatric obesity, metabolic issues, dietary approaches, surgical options, as considerations.

Featured articles from the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, Pediatric Clinics, Medical Clinics, Gastroenterology Clinics, Clinics in Liver Disease, and Nursing Clinics reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage patients with obesity-related disorders.

Obesity has 50 contributors and 19 articles.

A trusted resource, Clinics Collections: Obesity is a current, comprehensive, and complete resource on the clinical management of obesity.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Anesthesiology / Pain Management / Reference

Pain Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Pain Management, part of the Clinics Collections Series, draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, orthopedists, obstetricians, neurologists, gastroenterologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, with practical clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent disease and its comorbidities.

Pain Management guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on pain management to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes.

Areas of focus include physiology and general management, musculoskeletal pain of the head, neck, upper body and lower body, as well as neurologic disorders, psychologic disorders, and special considerations.

This collection of articles, devoted to pain management, draws from this Clinics database to provide practical, clinical advice on comorbidities and complications of this highly prevalent condition.

Featured articles from the Medical Clinics of North America, Nursing Clinics of North America, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, and Hand Clinics, reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage patients with pain-related disorders.

Pain Management has 61 contributors and 30 articles.

Current and comprehensive, Clinics Collections: Pain Management is a trusted resource.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Endocrinology

Lipid Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Lipid Disorders, part of the Clinics Collections Series, draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, cardiologists, endocrinologists, pathologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, and hepatologists, with practical clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent condition and its comorbidities. Elsevier’s Clinics Collections provide concise reviews of today’s most prevalent conditions and significant medical developments.

Lipid Disorders guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on lipid disorders to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes.

Areas of focus include lipids and biomarkers, lipids and pharmacotherapy, lipids and heart disease, lipids and chronic disease, lipids and pediatrics, lipids and women’s health and special considerations.

This collection of articles, devoted to lipid disorders, draws from this Clinics database to provide multidisciplinary teams with practical clinical advice on the therapies and comorbidities of these highly prevalent conditions.

Featured articles from the Cardiology Clinics, Heart Failure Clinics, Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, Medical Clinics of North America, Clinics in Laboratory Medicine, Clinics in Liver Disease, and Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage patients with lipid disorders.

Lipid Disorders has 59 contributors and 25 articles.

Clinics Collections: Lipid Disorders, current and complete, is a trusted resource.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Lung Diseases / Reference

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier, with editorial advisor Joel J. Heidelbaugh (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. COPD is an incurable and underdiagnosed disease that affects men and women equally.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, pulmonologists, sleep specialists, radiologists and critical care nurses, with practical clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent condition and its comorbidities.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on COPD to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes. Areas of focus include pathogenesis, COPD and secondary disorders, clinical considerations and complications, treatment and pharmacotherapy, and special considerations.

The book has 43 contributors.

Each year, Elsevier's prestigious Clinics Review Articles series publishes more than 250 issues (3000+ articles) encompassing more than 50 medical and surgical disciplines. This curated collection of articles, devoted to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, draws from the robust Clinics database to provide multidisciplinary teams with practical, clinical advice on comorbidities and complications of this highly prevalent disease.

Featured articles from the Clinics in Chest Medicine, Sleep Medicine Clinics, Medical Clinics of North America, Radiologic Clinics of North America, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the most current, comprehensive, and complete resource on the clinical management of COPD and related conditions.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / General Medicine / Gastrointestinal Diseases / Reference

Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 1st edition by Elsevier (Clinics Collections Series: Elsevier)

Gastrointestinal Diseases are responsible for over 8 million deaths each year worldwide. Gastrointestinal Diseases and digestive disorders affect 100 million people in the U.S. alone, and have a drastic effect on quality of life and general health.

Gastrointestinal Disorders draws from Elsevier’s robust Clinics Review Articles database to provide multidisciplinary teams, including general practitioners, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists, oncologists, pathologists and surgeons, with practical clinical advice and insights on this highly prevalent condition and its comorbidities.

Gastrointestinal Disorders guides readers on how to apply current primary research findings on gastrointestinal diseases to everyday practice to help overcome challenges and complications, keep up with new and improved treatment methods, and improve patient outcomes. Areas of focus include gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, dyspepsia, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroparesis, dysphagia, esophageal tumor, colon polyps/cancer, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, lower gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhoids.

The book has 81 contributors.

Each year, Elsevier's prestigious Clinics Review Articles series publishes more than 250 issues (3000 plus articles) encompassing over 50 medical and surgical disciplines. This curated collection of articles, devoted to gastrointestinal diseases, draws from the robust Clinics' database to provide multidisciplinary teams with practical clinical advice on comorbidities and complications of these highly prevalent diseases. Featured articles from the Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America, Medical Clinics of North America, Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America, and Surgical Clinics of North America reflect the wide range of clinicians who manage the GI patient.

Gastrointestinal Disorders is the most current, comprehensive, and complete resource on the clinical management of gastrointestinal diseases and related conditions.

Professional & Technical / Visual Communication / Graphic Arts

Communication Design: Insights from the Creative Industries by Derek Yates & Jessie Price (AVA Publishing, Fairchild Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC)

The success of a piece of communication has always been dependent on the connection between content, form, audience and context – what the message is, who it is aimed at, what it looks like, and how and where it is communicated. In recent years the balance between these elements has shifted.

Organized into themes of brand, experience, conversation, participation, navigation, advocacy and critique, Communication Design explores the core ideas shaping contemporary practice. Alongside case studies of game changing projects, it uses analysis of historical context and interviews with key thinkers and practitioners to provide a relevant and contemporary guide to the creative employment landscape.

Authors are Derek Yates, Program Leader, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, UK and Jessie Price, a researcher at the University of the Arts, UK and a freelance designer for numerous publishers, authors and arts professionals.

The design of communication has changed radically in recent years. Consumers have become wary of the advertiser's sales pitch and social networks have shifted the dynamic from broadcast to conversation. Perceptions are being influenced through immersive experiences made possible by innovations in technology. New paradigms are creating fundamental shifts in the way creative professionals work. Whether readers are just embarking on their careers or are already practitioners, to be successful they need to have the skill sets these new paradigms require.

Communication Design is not about marketing, advertising, graphic, interaction, or even digital design – it is about all of these disciplines and the spaces that connect them. It's about a new generation of collaborative designers that are creating visual experiences that connect across media channels.

According to Yates and Price, in a highly competitive global market, consumers are bombarded with messages. Producers, and even governments, struggle to differentiate themselves within this barrage. At the same time, economists have realized that association and instinctive perception can radically alter the real-world value of a product or service. In today's markets, perceived value provides a much more meaningful measure of what something is worth than the inherent values derived from tangible evidence such as labor, engineering, or raw materials. In short, the way people feel about a product or service is what really influences what they are prepared to pay for it.

Within the complexity of this landscape, traditional techniques for shaping perception are being reassessed. Established models for advertising and marketing are questioned, and there is a realization that we need to find new ways to engage an audience. In this world, an audience requires practitioners to provide evidence of a claim, and a set of satisfying experiences can validate far more successfully than a broadcasted message.

Brands build interconnected strategies that explain values and provide proof that what they mean runs deeper than the tagline. In this way, a trust is built between brand and consumer that will influence future preferences. Designers are able to underpin a brand's communication with consumer experiences that demonstrate its values in tangible terms. They create compelling content and tell visual stories that bring a brand to life. Their ability to orchestrate experiences that enable consensual involvement has given them a place at the top table in the businesses they work with. Not only can design provide the key to the creation of a successful brand, in the public sector it is seen as having the power to positively influence behavior.

The current opportunities in design require designers with new skills. The ability to analyze, understand, clarify, and define is as important as the ability to visually style and aesthetically judge. These designers need to be able to collaborate across disciplines and not be restricted to particular medias. By working in both the digital and physical environments, they are able to create narratives that frame zeitgeist and initiate culture. Maybe more importantly, in a world of dwindling natural resources, designers can influence what we have and use it more wisely.

Communication Design helps graduates by bridging the gap between education and emerging practices. In doing so it provides students and practitioners with the information they need to understand the new skill sets required. Organized into themes of Brand, Experience, Conversation, Participation, Navigation, Advocacy, and Critique, it explores the core principles that are shaping contemporary practice. Alongside case studies of game-changing projects, it uses analysis of the historical context and interviews with key thinkers and practitioners to provide a relevant and contemporary guide to the creative employment landscape.

A very good overview of the world of Communication Design – trends, opinions and issues facing young aspiring designers. – Michael Dancer, Glasgow School of Art, UK

...emphasizes the importance of ideas and communication, rather than styling, which can often be the case when discussing current trends in creative practice. – Alison Barnes, University of Western Sydney, Australia

This equally vivid and ambitious book features countless case studies and interviews with pioneering designers, covering complex issues ... An excellent base ... readers will be well-prepared for the start of their professional life. – PAGE

The definitive guide to modern branding ... [Communication Design is] an inspiring and humbling collection of talent. – Zeus Jones

[Communication Design] explores design and art direction in a practical way that bridges the gap between in-class work and the professional world. – Eye Magazine

Communication Design bridges the gap between education and emerging practices to provide students and practitioners with the information they need to understand the new skill sets required to succeed in this changing communication environment.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Catholic / Prayer

Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers by Alison M. Benders (Liturgical Press)

In these troubled times, the sight of suffering moves readers’ hearts. And so it should. Readers owe compassion to refugees, the impover­ished, orphans, and all who suffer exclusion and oppression. More than that, they owe their fellow human beings just communities and peaceful places to live.

Just Prayer is a four-week prayer cycle for morning and evening readings to support people who ‘hunger and thirst for justice.’ The book was written by Alison M. Benders, associate dean at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. It features a soft, leather-like cover and a durable ribbon for convenient daily prayer.

Patterned on the ancient monastic Hours, Just Prayer offers psalms, intercessions, and reflections fashioned to strengthen a personal commitment to justice. The weekly themes are: recognizing God’s command that we act justly; lamenting suffering and injustice in our world; repenting our failures and renewing our commitment to justice; and celebrating God’s promise of justice lived as a new heaven and new earth. Weekly reflections encourage personal transformation by emphasizing the connection between Changing habits and beliefs requires more than a sympathetic feeling. Change means more than charity and occasional service. Two strands of practice must intersect in people to establish justice for permanent change. First and obviously, they have to create relationships, institutions, and communities ruled by just practices. Second, and perhaps equally obvious, they need to change themselves.

For meaningful personal change, they have to link their experiences of human suffering with God's revealed justice. Prayer – moved by God's own Spirit of Peace – is the link. Just Prayer seeks to offer a path to connect action and transformation through devotions focused on justice – just prayer. Prayer is more than petition. Prayer is relationship with God. Praying draws people into the love of God. It sustains their work and their growth to become more like God in thoughts and actions. Through reflection, repetition, practice, and, of course, grace, they conform their minds and hearts to the justice that expresses God's promise of peace.

Just Prayer conforms to the most traditional rhythms of Judeo-Christian worship. It is carefully patterned on the Christian com­munity's ageless Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. The Christian practices, in their turn, draw upon the ancient practice among Jews to pray the psalms. The individual Offices, from dawn through night, are consecrated with psalms, canticles, and readings from Scriptures.

Just Prayer presents a four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer reflecting on themes of justice, or its absence. The morning and evening Offices select compelling Scripture passages that call everyone into the life of God. Individual days focus on pressing problems around the globe, such as poverty, violence, or environmental degradation. The Offices present Scripture readings, reflections, and prayers that complement active service in the world.

By complementing their works of service in the community, Just Prayer can help readers conform their hearts and their lives to the Christian vision of justice. Over a series of days or weeks, the cycle of carefully selected texts allows them to experience, understand, desire, practice, and celebrate justice. As the Divine office has always done, Just Prayer can help them respond more fully to the vision of a just community that God has set before them.

The four weeks of morning and evening Offices promote intentional change. In praying through these themes, readers move from knowing God's command to live justly, through sharing the misery of injustice to reconciliation and a renewed commitment to justice, to celebrating finally God's promise of a new order. Through emotional engagement, complemented by daily reflection on our experiences and current events, they can become more deeply and personally committed to justice. The Offices in Just Prayer presuppose that people praying this cycle are actively engaged in service or ministry, although anyone living attentively in the world cannot fail to see the injustices around them. They are grateful for God's grace, which redeems them through Christ. In the hope and promise of justice, people pray together for their human communities now and for the generations to come.

There are four seven-day cycles of morning and evening Offices, one cycle in each chapter. Each chapter begins and ends with a brief reflection on the weekly theme. These essays explain the theme, underline a few of the key ideas in the readings, and provide questions for deeper reflection. Customarily, the Office is prayed with the assistance of a leader and two alternating groups or choirs. Much of the advice presumes a group setting. However, the Offices can always be prayed alone, with hearts joined to people around the globe who are also praying the Divine Office.

Just Prayer is a marvelous new resource for anyone committed to both the advancement of social justice and the imperative to remain grounded in prayer. With this volume in hand, believers will be better prepared to respond to the cries of our neighbors in need and to the call of God. With moments of lament as well as celebration, this four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer will challenge participants in a courageous yet joyful way along the path of a spirituality of transformative conversion. – Thomas Massaro, SJ, Dean and Professor of Moral Theology, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

Unless peacemakers and seekers of justice are grounded in a vital spiritual life, their good work for social change can appear shrill and judgmental. Alison Benders understands this critical need for peacemakers to be men and women of prayer and spiritual depth. Just Prayer is a gem of a book that will help all who thirst for justice to deepen their compassion in these passionate prayers based on the church's Liturgy of Hours. – Donald Cozzens, author of Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest and the novel, Master of Ceremonies

Just Prayer supports the transforming work of justice and peace. Created with parishes, youth groups, mission trip participants, and social justice organizations in mind, the book supports hands-on service work in local communities. By repeating and building upon the prayer sequences in this convenient daily prayer book, readers can conform their hearts more fully to Christ’s living message of compassion and justice for the least among us.
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Paul's Theology of Preaching: The Apostle's Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth, revised and expanded edition by Duane Litfin (IVP Academic)

"We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." When Paul preached about the crucified and risen Jesus Christ to the church at Corinth and elsewhere, did he follow the well-established rhetorical strategy of his day or did he pursue a different path? And what does that mean for the preaching of the church today?

Through a detailed analysis of 1 Corinthians 1-4, Duane Litfin in Paul's Theology of Preaching explores the rhetorical context of Paul's preaching and his own understanding of his task as a preacher. What is revealed in this investigation is a sharp distinction between Greco-Roman rhetorical strategies, which sought to persuade, and Paul's theology of preaching, which was based on the model of an obedient herald. Litfin is president emeritus of Wheaton College where he served for seventeen years. He previously served as senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Memphis and as an associate professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, and he taught at Purdue University and Indiana University.

Paul's Theology of Preaching is a revised and expanded version of Litfin's previous St. Paul's Theology of Proclamation providing insight to those engaged in Pauline and New Testament studies, rhetorical theory, and Greco-Roman studies. An exploration of Paul's important insight constituted the core of Litfin’s original research and the book that grew out of it. In both instances this key Pauline insight was gleaned from a study of 1 Corinthians 1-4 (buttressed by a range of other passages) as seen against the backdrop of Greco-Roman rhetoric. Absent this backdrop, Paul's central insight is easily missed by modern readers. The lack of the appropriate contrast, not to mention the insight's deeply counterintuitive nature, renders it difficult for modern readers to discern. But lay out the appropriate background and the image changes. The Apostle's ministry-shaping argument emerges with clarity and power.

For his original readers, of course, the effort to recover this ancient backdrop was scarcely necessary. The relevant cultural background was their background; it was an inescapable dimension of their everyday life, part and parcel of their own thinking. But not in our case it is something we must work to reconstruct. Paul's Theology of Preaching is designed to recover that background, display the Apostle's argument against it, and then provide some analysis for the church's contemporary thought and practice.

It is, as we shall see, essentially this threefold treatment that is unique to Paul's Theology of Preaching. Why had no such treatment appeared previously? First, focused studies such as this one are a fairly recent development in biblical scholarship. They were largely unknown in earlier generations when the rhetorical issues at stake in 1 Corinthians 1-4 were widely appreciated by scholars educated in the classics.

When Greco-Roman rhetorical backgrounds swerved back into favor during the twentieth century's second half, two other factors continued to obscure Paul's point. For starters, current fashions in contemporary biblical criticism tend to divert scholars from engaging the relevant dimensions of Paul's thought.

The concluding section of Paul's Theology of Preaching examines some of the implications of the Pauline ministry paradigm entailed in the theology of preaching, discovered in 1 Corinthians 1-4. The beginning, according to Litfin must be with the historical circumstances that prompted the Apostle to write. Then Litfin turns to Paul's argument itself. First Corinthians 1-4 finds Paul describing both the shape of his own preaching and his theological rationale for why it must take that shape. It is in understanding these two things – Paul's own modus operandi as a preacher and his theological rationale for why this approach was the only one available to him – that readers discover the relevance for the church's ministry today.

Culminating an illustrious career as a pastor, professor and college president, Dr. Duane Litfin delivers his magnum opus in Paul's Theology of Preaching. This is ecclesial theology at its finest: scholarly yet not arcane, theological yet not obscure, relevant yet not cookie-cutter. This isn't simply an excellent book on Paul's theology of preaching; it's a prophetic call to a radically God-centered approach to Christian ministry. – Todd Wilson, senior pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, cofounder and chairman, The Center for Pastor Theologians, author of Real Christian

Compelling. Insightful. Timely. A landmark book. Writing for theologians, pastors and students, Dr. Litfin harvests the fruit from more than forty years of focused study, showing the difference between the results-oriented persuader and the faithful herald. In a world where the biblical preacher has too often been replaced by the shrewd marketer, the magnetic entertainer and the 'change-the-world campaign strategist,' this book is desperately needed. – Colin Smith, senior pastor, The Orchard EFC, president, Unlocking the Bible
… Litfin's carefully nuanced study of 1 Corinthians 1-4 in its first-century context provides not only the most plausible interpretation of Paul's disavowal of rhetorical usage to date, but also a model for preaching that is aware of the call and commission of the human herald and the Holy Spirit's role in opening the heart of the hearer to the proclamation of the gospel. – Duane F. Watson, professor of New Testament studies, Malone University, Canton, OH
In this wise – and provocative – study of Paul, Duane Litfin demonstrates that the apostle's intended meaning has often been seriously obscured by seeing him as engaged in various 'rhetorical ploys.' Making his case with a thorough grasp of ancient rhetoric, as well as with a profound commitment to the church's call to proclaim the gospel with clarity, Litfin exposes the confusion in the kind of preaching that aims at 'results' rather than being founded in an uncompromising desire to be obedient to the biblical text. – Richard J. Mouw, president emeritus and professor of faith and public life, Fuller Theological Seminary

By offering a better understanding of Paul's method as well as the content of his declaration concerning ‘the power and wisdom of God’ revealed in Jesus, Paul's Theology of Preaching will help preachers as they undertake the ongoing task to ‘preach Christ crucified.’

 

 

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