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The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers, 1st edition by Scott Kelby (Voices That Matter Series: New Riders)

The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir, 2nd edition by Flora Miller Biddle, with a foreword by Fiona Donovan (Arcade Publishing)

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business by Richard S. Ruback & Royce Yudkoff (HBR Guide Series: Harvard Business Review Press)

Inside the Oil Industry – Library Binding by Wil Mara (Big Business Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War II – Library Binding by Shannon Baker Moore (Hidden Heroes Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Journalism in a Small Place: Making Caribbean News Relevant, Comprehensive and Independent, 1st edition by Juliette Storr, with general editor Hendrik Kraay (Latin American and Caribbean Series: University of Calgary Press)

Serving Students Who Are Homeless: A Resource Guide for Schools, Districts, and Educational Leaders by Ronald E. Hallett & Linda Skrla (Teachers College Press)

Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation by David P. Leong, with a foreword by Soong-Chan Rah (IVP Books)

The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922 by Neil J. Lehto (Michigan State University Press)

Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants – Flexibound – by Robin Stockwell (Oxmoor House)

The Erosion of Tribal Power: The Supreme Court's Silent Revolution by Dewi Ioan Ball (University of Oklahoma Press)

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final Screenplays edited by Jeffrey Couchman (The Works of James Agee, Vol. 4: University of Tennessee Press)

Ethical Practice in Geropsychology by Shane S. Bush, Rebecca S. Allen, & Victor A. Molinari (American Psychological Association)

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality: The 1905 Edition by Sigmund Freud, translated by Ulrike Kistner, edited and introduced by Philippe Van Haute & Herman Westerink (Verso)

Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle: Dzogchen as the Culmination of the Mahayana by Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, translated & introduced by Dominic Sur (Snow Lion)

The Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics by Clyde S. Kilby, edited by William Dyrness & Keith Call (Mount Tabor Books, Paraclete Press)

100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die by Barbara Davis (Pelican Publishing Company)

Rick Steves Italy 2017 by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel)

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Reviews

Arts & Photography / Education & Training / Handbooks & Manuals

The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers, 1st edition by Scott Kelby (Voices That Matter Series: New Riders)

Are you ready for an Elements book that breaks all the rules?

The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers breaks new ground by cutting through the bull and showing readers exactly ‘how to do it.’ It’s not theory, and it doesn’t challenge them to come up with their own settings or figure things out on their own. Instead, it tells readers which settings to use, when to use them, and why.
If readers are looking for one of those ‘tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter’ books, this isn’t it. The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers gives readers the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and printing their photos like a pro.
Each year author Scott Kelby trains thousands of digital photographers and they have the same questions and face the same problems – that’s what he covers in The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers. Kelby, a photographer, designer, and award-winning author, is editor, publisher, and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine, and is co-host of The Grid, the weekly, live talk show for photographers. He is also President and CEO of KelbyOne, an online educational community for learning Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography. And he is Training Director for the official Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo.

Readers of The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers learn:

  • How to unlock the power of layers. (They will be amazed at how easy it is.)
  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs, TIFs, and PSDs too. (And they will learn why so many pros like it best – because it’s faster and easier.)
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use. (There’s an entire chapter on this.)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including brightening people in dark shadows and getting the best color possible.
  • The most requested photographic special effects.

Although Elements 15 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CC doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CC has that Elements 15 doesn’t, like channels and HDR. But in The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers, readers learn some slick work-arounds, cheats, and fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features right within Elements. Plus, they can download a bonus chapter on portrait retouching and all the images used in the book from the book’s companion webpage.
Since The Photoshop Elements 15 Book for Digital Photographers is designed for photographers, it doesn’t waste time talking about what a pixel is, or how to frame a shot or to set exposure. It’s all Elements, step by step and cover to cover. Readers learn how the pros do it and they will be amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are – once they know the secrets.
Arts & Photography / Museums / Biographies & Memoirs

The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir, 2nd edition by Flora Miller Biddle, with a foreword by Fiona Donovan (Arcade Publishing)

"Ever since museums were invented," said Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Street Whitney Museum, "contemporary liberal artists have had difficulty with `crashing the gate.' Museums have had the habit of waiting until a painter or sculptor had acquired recognition before they would accept his work within their sacred portals. Exactly the contrary will be practiced at the Whitney. I have collected during these years the work of American artists because I believe in our national creative talent. Now I am making this collection the nucleus of a museum devoted exclusively to American art – a museum which will grow. In making this gift to you, the American public, my chief desire is that you should share with me the joy which I have received from those works of art." – from the book

Until Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened her studio – which evolved into the Whitney Museum almost two decades later – on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan in 1914, there were few art museums in the United States, let alone galleries for contemporary artists to exhibit their work. When the mansions of the wealthy cried out for art, they sought it from Europe, then the art capital of the world. It was in her tiny sculptor’s studio in Greenwich Village that Whitney began holding exhibitions of contemporary American artists.
This remarkable effort by a scion of America’s wealthiest family helped to change the way art was cultivated in America. The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made is a tale of high ideals, extraordinary altruism, and great dedication that stood steadfast against inflated egos, big businesses, intrigue, and greed. Flora Miller Biddle’s memoir is a success story of three generations of forceful, indomitable women.

Biddle was president of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1977 to 1995. She has four children. Her daughter, Fiona Donovan, following her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, has been elected to serve on the Whitney board of trustees.

Since the first edition of The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made was published fifteen years ago, the Whitney Museum has experienced spectacular growth.

Donovan in the foreword says that reading her mother's words in The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made, she is struck anew by her sustained openness to the new, as well as her deep fascination with everyone she engages with and her eagerness to consider different perspectives.

Biddle became president of the Whitney Museum in 1977. With her generous and welcoming spirit and her prodigious work ethic, she proved to be a tireless, engaging fundraiser, and a major champion of the Whitney. She developed an unusually close working relationship with Director Tom Armstrong, as they strategized together, made decisions, and kept in touch with trustees and collectors.

Armstrong hired a devoted group of excellent young curators who helped reaffirm the Museum's commitment to living artists and developed a range of historical and contemporary exhibitions, many radical in scope and effect. The Museum dedicated itself to supporting emerging and mid-career artists, at the same time working to build the preeminent collection of twentieth-century American art.

In spite of her unassuming nature, Biddle boldly accepted her leadership role and the serious responsibility that it entailed. In tandem with Armstrong, she welcomed and encouraged patrons to become increasingly engaged with the Museum through dinners with artists and curators, exhibition tours, education events, and performances.

At events with artists, patrons, and Museum staff her mother has an extraordinary gift for making people feel at home. She collaborated with staff and volunteers to create a stimulating community, maintaining the Whitney's familial feel as it grew. As the finely spun anecdotes in The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made reveal, Biddle worked with great aplomb, lightening her endeavors with an endearing good humor, affection, and great sense of fun. Like her mother and grandmother, Biddle's natural grace combines with a mischievous informality. She always felt a special kinship with the Whitney staff, developing close friendships through her association with the Museum, and has passed on her respect and appreciation for their abiding dedication to her children, to her grandchildren, and now to her great-grandchildren.

The years after Armstrong's departure were challenging for the Whitney and its next two directors, David Ross (1991-1998) and Max Anderson (1998-2003). Full of enthusiasm for artists and ideas, he challenged the curators and board to reexamine the definition of American art and experimented with ways of amplifying the scope of the Museum's exhibition and collecting programs. During Ross's tenure, the Breuer building turned its fifth-floor offices into eight thousand square feet of additional exhibition space, increasing opportunities to show its permanent collection.

When Ross resigned, the board chose Max Anderson, a polished academic with a strong background in Greco-Roman art, to lend a more scholarly perspective and provide a new management model. Anderson's greatest legacy was his hiring of the Whitney's first full-time conservator, the innovative Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, who has revolutionized the way conservators work with artists to support their production and protect their work. In 2003, Armstrong resigned after the trustees decided not to go forward with a planned expansion designed by the Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhaas. It was a pivotal moment in the Whitney's history, as its board and staff worked to regain its strength and sense of mission.

That year, the board turned to Adam Weinberg and the Museum began its current trajectory. Weinberg, an experienced curator, already knew the Whitney well, having been hired by Tom Armstrong in 1989 as Director of the Whitney at Equitable Center. He also worked as Curator of the Permanent Collection and Senior Curator in the 1990s.

Not only does Weinberg have a deep appreciation and understanding of the Whitney's mission; he is a jovial and tireless leader. Weinberg has united the Board of Trustees, prudently adding a refreshing group of knowledgeable young collectors. He has also reorganized the staff, in the process, hiring (in some cases, rehiring) several excellent curators and other senior staff members. In addition, he stabilized the Museum's finances, and, perhaps most significantly, he turned the Museum once again toward expansion.

Convincing the board of the efficacy of a move downtown – a return to the Museum's Eighth Street roots – Weinberg negotiated the purchase of a large advantageous site between the High Line and the Hudson River, in what would soon become the hottest neighborhood in New York. Now chair emeritus, Biddle followed the developments of the Whitney's downtown building project with keen interest, visiting the site several times and continuing to embolden prospective patrons to become involved in the life of the Museum.

Whitney's ideas about the role of art in our lives and the centrality of the artist are as fresh and vital today as they were when she founded the Museum. And Biddle's words in this heartfelt book – an honest reflection that is also the history of an institution in transition – lend wisdom and encouragement as the Museum carries Whitney's ideals into the twenty-first century.

Crucial in understanding the evolution of the American art scene. – Library Journal
Courageous in her revelations and astute in her observations on human behavior. – The New York Times Book Review

Here is a sensitive, insightful and heartful memoir. In many ways, The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made, with its forthright, engaging history of the Whitney, is even more relevant now than it was then. Biddle's chronicle provides a key perspective for a new generation seeing the Museum on Gansevoort Street with fresh eyes, and for others to revisit its past in this new context. And, given the Whitney's trajectory from a family-run museum to a major public institution, Biddle’s story offers food for thought in light of the recent rise of private museums in the United States and beyond. Perhaps most significantly, this book voices the singular dedication of three women – great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother – working toward a common cause.

Business & Investing / Entrepreneurship / Guides

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business by Richard S. Ruback & Royce Yudkoff (HBR Guide Series: Harvard Business Review Press)

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business is for readers who are looking for an alternative to a career path at a big firm but feel founding their own start-up is too risky. The book proposes a radical third path: Buy a small business and run it as CEO. Purchasing a small company offers significant financial rewards – as well as personal and professional fulfillment. Leading a firm means being the boss, using executive skills, fashioning a company environment to meet one’s own needs, and profiting directly from success.
But finding the right business to buy and closing the deal isn't always easy. In the HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business, Harvard Business School professors Richard Ruback and Royce Yudkoff help readers:

  • Determine if this path is right for them.
  • Raise capital for their acquisition.
  • Find and evaluate the right prospects.
  • Avoid the pitfalls that could derail the search.
  • Understand why a ‘dull’ business might be the best investment.
  • Negotiate a potential deal with the seller.
  • Avoid deals that fall through at the last minute.

Ruback, the Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance at Harvard Business School, has served as a consultant to corporations on corporate finance issues and has acted as an independent advisor to outside directors. Yudkoff, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, cofounded and served for over 20 years as Managing Partner of ABRY Partners, a leading private equity investment firm.

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business takes a big idea from Ruback and Yudkoff’s popular courses at the Harvard Business School and for the first time shares it beyond campus. Each year, they teach hundreds of MBA students about buying and running a business, and dozens of them follow this path immediately after graduation.

About five years ago, they say they developed a course on small businesses to fill what they saw as a gap in the school's offerings. They chose to study small businesses because it allowed them to apply their skills and experience to a vital segment of the economy that they believe should get more attention – especially from entrepreneurially minded men and women who can become owners and managers of these companies.

They say in HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business that they became more fascinated with smaller businesses the more they learned about them. Their students became engrossed as well; last year, every seat in the courses they offered was filled. And the number of students who go on to buy a small business directly after graduation continues to grow rapidly each year. These businesses give students the opportunity to be leaders early in their careers, to apply their common sense and their general management expertise, and to fashion a work environment that meets their goals.

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business will help readers find success in pursuing one of the many unique opportuni­ties available in this little-known market.

Children’s Books / Series

Inside the Oil Industry – Library Binding by Wil Mara (Big Business Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. Inside the Oil Industry examines the business around oil, the fossil fuel that powers much of the modern world. It explores the oil industry's history, petroleum's many uses, and the ways in which companies are trying to boost efficiencies to make it a viable energy source for years to come.

Contents of Inside the Oil Industry include:

  1. The Pursuit of Innovation
  2. Where It All Began
  3. Increasing Demand
  4. Oil and Warfare
  5. The Rise of the East
  6. Oil Shortages
  7. How It All Works Today
  8. Petropolitics
  9. Today and Tomorrow

The author of Inside the Oil Industry is Wil Mara, the award-winning author of more than 200 books, many of them educational titles for children. Mara began writing in the late 1980s with several nonfiction titles about herpetology, then branched into fiction in the mid-1990s. The content consultant is Younas Dadmohammadi, PhD, Research Associate, Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma.

Inside the Oil Industry is part of the Big Business Series. These are reinforced library bound hardcovers. Features include a timeline, essential facts, a glossary, additional resources, source notes, and an index.

The Big Business series provides critical contributions to modern life. Coal and oil have powered the world for more than a century. Crops such as corn and sugar feed millions of people and fuel automobiles. Young readers learn how some of history's most important resources spawned Big Business. They discover the economic, political, and cultural impacts of the world's top commodities that power and feed the world.

Other titles in the Big Business series include:

  • Inside the Coal Industry
  • Inside the Corn Industry
  • Inside the Cotton Industry
  • Inside the Gold Industry           
  • Inside the Steel Industry
  • Inside the Sugar Industry
  • Inside the Tobacco Industry

Books in this series are aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Children’s Books / Reading Level: Ages 12-18 / Series

Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War II – Library Binding by Shannon Baker Moore (Hidden Heroes Series: Essential Library, ABDO Publishing)

Women with Wings discusses how in the 1940s, women broke free from traditional gender roles by piloting aircraft both on the homefront and in combat, making critical contributions to the Allied victory in World War II.

The contents of Women with Wings includes:

  1. “Train Two Women to Fly It”
  2. Pioneers
  3. War in the Skies
  4. “Ata-Girls”
  5. Soviet Pilots
  6. WAFS & WFTD
  7. WASPs
  8. After the War

The author of Women with Wings, Shannon Baker Moore, freelance writer, has written four other books for Abdo Publishing: The Korean War, King Tut's Tomb, A History of Music, and Harlem Hellfighters. Shannon volunteers as Assistant Regional Advisor for the Missouri chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators). The content consultant is Jacqueline Luedtke, PhD, Associate Professor of Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Women with Wings is part of the Hidden Heroes Series. History is filled with people who overcame adversity in pursuit of social justice, equality, and fairness. But their stories are often lost or ignored – sometimes because these figures are women or members of minority groups. The Hidden Heroes series covers several of these important people, showing how the legacy of their work and activism remains relevant today. They are reinforced library bound hardcovers. Features include a timeline, essential facts, a glossary, additional resources, source notes, and an index.

Hidden Heroes series brings to light the struggles and triumphs of key figures whose stories have been lost in time. Young readers discover whose calculations launched the US space ships. Learn whose pen brought down an oil empire. They explore whose heroic flights helped win World War II. Activists, journalists, mathematicians, pilots, and even baseball players all had an impact on society. Their names may not be well known today, but their contributions still resonate.

Other books in the Hidden Heroes series include:

  • The Belles of Baseball: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA
  • The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business
  • Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change
  • The Stonewall Riots: The Fight for LGBT Rights

Books in this series are aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Communication & Media / Journalism / Caribbean

Journalism in a Small Place: Making Caribbean News Relevant, Comprehensive and Independent, 1st edition by Juliette Storr, with general editor Hendrik Kraay (Latin American and Caribbean Series: University of Calgary Press)

Journalism in a Small Place explores the changes and challenges in journalism and communication in the Caribbean in the twenty-first century. Tracing the history of media in the English-speaking Caribbean, this book provides insight into the development of these industries from their inception under British imperial rule to their current focus on advancing national development in the post-independence period. The influence of US media on media content and cultural tastes, and the lingering effects of colonialism on media are also investigated, drawing on globalization theories of hybridity. Interviews with journalists, editors, and media owners in English-speaking Caribbean countries provide firsthand insight into the profession and practice of journalism in the region, highlighting the social and cultural context in which the media industries operate.
Additionally, Journalism in a Small Place describes the current economic success of Caribbean journalism and the factors driving its new trends. It provides an overview of the current state of Caribbean journalism as it reflects on these questions: What is the purpose of journalism in small Caribbean countries? What are the challenges of practicing journalism in the Caribbean in the twenty-first century? What is the future of journalism in the Caribbean? The author, Juliette Storr, develops a theoretical and practical response to concerns of professional ethics, responsible performance, and the training and education of journalists in the region. In doing so, Journalism in a Small Place elucidates the impact of journalism and communication on the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of Caribbean people’s lived experiences, and journalism’s power to promote and effect social change.

Storr who has worked as both a broadcast journalist and newspaper reporter in the Bahamas, is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Beaver Campus.

According to Storr, despite the mixed messages about journalism's future in large countries like the United States, the Caribbean's principal trading partner and the largest media market in the world, journalism is still a profitable business in the Caribbean. But journalism as a craft or profession is facing many challenges as the newsgathering and dissemination process becomes more open and accessible to the public. Civil society is questioning Caribbean journalism – specifically, how it is being practiced in the region and its relevance to these small developing democracies.

Journalism in a Small Place describes the political, economic, social, and technological factors driving the new trends in contemporary Caribbean journalism. There is no adequate description and explanation of the media's role and responsibilities in these microstates – that is, there is no normative theory to guide the practice and profession of journalism and communication throughout the region. Journalism in a Small Place attempts to address this need through the propositions of communication and development's participatory paradigm and hybridity theories that emerged in the postcolonial era, and more specifically within the last twenty-five years of globalization. Storr says she finds it troubling that there is still very little academic research and scholarship in the region for a field that is becoming more synonymous with globalization, development, and the advancement and protection of democracy.

Journalism in a Small Place emerged from a study of journalism in six countries of the English-speaking Caribbean. Seventy-five journalists, talk show hosts, editors, media owners, policymakers, media scholars, and cultural critics were interviewed over a period of ten years. The participants came from Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Toba­go – or one-third of the English-speaking Caribbean. She also made a cursory examination of the news industry in Cuba, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti for comparative purposes. The interviews, along with secondary sources, such as archival documents, internet, newspaper, and journal articles, provide an analysis of Caribbean journalism. The themes identified from the interviews and other source materials form the basis of Journalism in a Small Place.

Together, the interviews and the secondary data helped Storr to present a detailed description of the characteristics of Caribbean journalism, and a normative frame for understanding the role of journalism and communication in the region. The themes that emerged from the interviews coalesced around the concepts of changes and challenges in Caribbean media markets over the first one and a half decades of the twenty-first century.

Journalism in a Small Place is divided into two parts. The first part presents a historical context for the evolution and the purpose of journalism in the region, as well as its current economic successes. The second part outlines major challenges in Caribbean journalism in the twenty-first century and provides a theoretical perspective on how journalism should be practiced in small democratic countries to meet the current needs of those societies.

Journalism in a Small Place begins by examining the purpose of journalism in the English-speaking Caribbean. Journalists there are experiencing a variety of changes spurred on by technological revolutions and marketplace ideals. Hence, there are many parallels between the evolution of journalism in the Caribbean and rest of the world, with particular emphasis on the United States and Western Europe. But there are also many differences. This book discusses these differences as it examines the practice and profession of journalism in the English-speaking Caribbean as it evolves through a period of rapid technological and economic changes.

Journalism in a Small Place also describes the paradigm shift in the Caribbean marketplace from public service to commercialization. It examines the current challenges in the practice and profession of journalism in the last decade in relation to increased commercialism, audience fragmentation and segmentation, and digital technology. The second part of the book discusses a variety of emerging issues shaped by the new forms of public, communication, forms that affect journalistic practice and the meaning of news and news culture in the Caribbean. These issues include the impact of commercialism, the blogosphere, citizen journalism, professionalism, media regulation, technological convergence, and conglomeration.

Journalism in a Small Place reviews some of the major challenges of the practice and profession of journalism in the Caribbean. Chapter one begins with a brief overview of mercantile and capital commercialism, the evolution of journalism and its purpose in colonialism and post-colonization, particularly focusing on the role journalism plays and will continue to play in these currently competitive media markets. The peculiarities of small states, the constraints placed on a small group of practicing journalists, and the implications for regional and national development are the subjects of chapter two. It examines the arguments of scholars who advance the thesis that smallness impacts the purpose of journalism and the character of journalism in small states. Chapter three discusses journalism's role in democratic societies. The rise of the commercial model of journalism and questions about its ability to advance democratic ideals of equality and justice for all are the concerns of chapter three.

The principle of making the news comprehensive and proportionate is the focus of chapter four. Caribbean journalists acknowledge the value of providing comprehensive accounts to the public and they agree on the value of journalism to democracy. Journalists who were interviewed for Journalism in a Small Place explain the challenges of providing balanced, accurate, and full accounts of their societies.

The need for Caribbean journalism to be relevant to its public in a rapidly changing media environment is salient for small societies with a history of authoritarian governance. Chapter five discusses relevance and engagement, which are particularly challenging in the current competitive and commercialized markets where the gravitation to sensational and salacious coverage is becoming the norm. Effective storytelling is also challenged by smallness – the size of journalism as a profession, the number of resources, particularly sources, and access to information.

The principle of independence is an enduring value in professional journalism. Chapter six examines the need for journalists to separate themselves from the influence of those they cover, uphold the value of monitoring the powerful, and provide a voice for the voiceless.

Finally, chapter seven reflects on the evolution of journalism in Caribbean societies, the current challenges of practicing journalism in the region, and speculates on the future of the profession at a time of increased commercialism and advancing technologies. It prescribes a hybrid normative thesis with radical, advocacy, and community journalism as the core of the practice while not excluding the monitorial role of presenting accurate, well-balanced facts so that these small countries can evolve as more effective and transparent democracies in the twenty-first century.

Journalism in a Small Place sheds light on the relationship between media and Caribbean societies in a way that will help diagnose problems and encourage reforms based on principles that guide public communication and democracy. Specifically, examining journalism in small places like the islands of the English-speaking Caribbean provides an opportunity not only to determine the purpose of journalism and describe the challenges of practicing journalism in small geographic spaces; it also enhances practitioners' ability to assess the future of journalism in a complex, multicultural region amidst global developments, market-led reforms, and technological innovations.

Education & Training / Policy / Social Services / Guides

Serving Students Who Are Homeless: A Resource Guide for Schools, Districts, and Educational Leaders by Ronald E. Hallett & Linda Skrla (Teachers College Press)

Schools and districts are seeing unprecedented numbers of students and families living without residential stability. Serving Students Who Are Homeless provides much-needed guidance to help educational leaders support students who are homeless and highly mobile students who face significant barriers related to access and academic success. The authors, Ronald E. Hallett and Linda Skrla, employ several different strategies to help translate complex state and federal policies into effective practices.

Hallett is an associate professor and former school teacher and Linda Skrla is a professor and department chair of educational administration and leadership. Both are at the Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific. Hallett and Skrla include policy analysis, examples of successful approaches, tools for training staff, youth experiences, and address the role of school districts in serving marginalized students. Serving Students Who Are Homeless can be used as a professional development tool at the local and district level, and as a textbook in higher education settings that prepare entry-level and advanced-credential administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and curriculum leaders.

The book features:

  • Guidance for understanding and implementing the law and tools for training staff.
  • Case studies that include the voices of students, families, and practitioners.
  • Questions and activities to facilitate professional development discussions.

Serving Students Who Are Homeless offers an in-depth look into the influence of policy, school leadership, and the professional development provided for support counselors, teachers, and administrators on how they address the needs of students within their district who are facing homelessness. Community outreach, research identification, and trauma-informed care practices are just a few of the topics addressed that have intrinsic value to ensure the academic success of these students.

Two key issues undergird the ideas presented in Serving Students Who Are Homeless: First, homelessness no longer exists at the fringes of society. The persistent economic conditions within the United States have led to a growing subpopulation within schools and districts across the nation. Second, finding ways to adequately serve students experiencing homelessness is an equity issue. The authors discuss these ideas in greater depth throughout the book.

Serving Students Who Are Homeless is designed for educators interested in better understanding the issue of homelessness and the role that they can play in helping students fully access schooling. In particular, they focus on how to adjust educational institutions in order to better serve the needs of students without residential stability. They avoid "Five Steps to Success"-type solutions. Rather, they share information that can be useful for educational leaders to consider as they interpret policy and develop programming within the local context.

The ideas and suggestions presented are based upon research the authors have done in educational settings for over a decade as well as their own experiences as educators. They also draw from the work of other researchers, policymakers, advocates, and educators who have dedicated their careers to improving educational opportunities for students experiencing homelessness and high rates of mobility. To assist in thinking about how these complex issues relate to the local school and district, they include questions at the end of each chapter that are designed to help readers begin applying the key ideas to their work. For those using Serving Students Who Are Homeless as part of a professional development workshop or reading group, these questions can also be useful for small-group discussion activities.

Serving Students Who Are Homeless is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on reframing the issue of homelessness. This section outlines the federal definitional parameters of students who are homeless and provides some context to understand the multiple homeless living arrangements that students may experience. Chapter 2 explores the research on homelessness and how student experiences with residential instability negatively impact academic participation and engagement. They also discuss the challenges that student mobility creates for teachers and educational leaders. Chapter 3 provides a summary of the key federal laws that guide how states, districts, and school sites provide services for students experiencing homelessness. This chapter focuses on the role of the district homeless liaison in coordinating services. Chapter 4 offers a more nu­anced look at the multifaceted ways in which young people and their families experience homelessness. The authors attempt to create a picture of how the complex social issues that lead to and perpetuate homelessness result in many different forms of residential instability. Chapter 5 then explores the changing face of homelessness. While stereotypical notions of homelessness tend to involve adults, young people and families represent a significant and growing proportion of the population.

The second section considers how to address the issues identified in the first section. The book discusses how educators, administrators, and ad­vocates can increase access to education for these students. Chapter 6 explores the challenges that educational institutions experience when policies get handed down without much guidance on how to integrate these new mandates with current policies. Rooted in current educational efforts to support the success of special student populations, they discuss the process of incorporating homelessness into current accountability efforts. Chapter 7 provides guidance and resources for professional development efforts at the site and district levels. Chapter 8 outlines the process of building partnerships, while recognizing how difficult addressing these issues will be without getting additional support from outside the school and district. In addition, the authors explain the process of gaining access to grants associated with McKinney-Vento and ESSA.

The third section of Serving Students Who Are Homeless moves the conversation beyond educational access and toward academic success. McKinney-Vento was created to address issues related to getting students access to the school site, and so provides minimal support in encouraging academic persistence and achievement once the students arrive on campus. ESSA moves the conversation more in the direction of student success. Chapter 9 encourages educators and educational leaders to explore how to adjust educational design and structure to support students without residential stability. Building upon these ideas, Chapter 10 presents trauma-informed practices as a useful approach to critically think about how to support students who endure homelessness. Lastly, recognizing that completing high school alone is unlikely to guarantee future stability, Chapter 11 outlines the process of incorporating college preparation into programming for students experiencing homelessness.

Throughout Serving Students Who Are Homeless, the authors draw from multiple sources (e.g., policy discussions, practitioner testimony, and research reports) to paint a picture of how homelessness and residential instability impact students and why addressing this issue should be the next step in creating equitable school systems. Their goal is to provide additional resources and ideas for educators and administrators who are interested in adequately serving students experiencing homelessness, high mobility, and other forms of residential instability.

I have worked in this realm for more than a decade and sadly, the numbers of homeless families and children continue to rise. The information and strategies identified within the pages of this book will prove to be an invaluable resource to the work of counselors, school personnel, teachers, administrators, and advocates for homeless students. This book will be a welcome addition to your library. – From the Foreword by Melissa Schoonmaker, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Homelessness brings an array of daunting challenges to students, families, and schools. As more and more communities are experiencing these challenges throughout the United States, Dr. Hallett and Dr. Skrla have skillfully developed a critical new resource that can help those most in need. I admire their work. – Peter Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Serving Students Who Are Homeless provides an excellent overview of homelessness, the possible reasons that families and students may find themselves in this predicament, and the effect it may have on children and their academic success. This work is a unique look at homelessness and it provides credible insight into this issue and the ways in which educators can support children who are struggling with this problem.

Serving Students Who Are Homeless will enable readers to understand the issues at play; assist practitioners, advocates, and administrators to create or revise current policy and practice; and encourage the utilization of various strategies in order to support these students as they work to meet their full academic potential.

Geography / Urban / Community / Race / Reconciliation / Religion & Spirituality

Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation by David P. Leong, with a foreword by Soong-Chan Rah (IVP Books)

To change the social imagination of a community, a church, a denomination, and even a nation requires hard work. For those who are just beginning their journey toward biblical racial justice, this book offers an important primer. For those who have grown weary of trying to explain the reality of injustice in the world, this book offers markers and guideposts to persevere in that conversation. I am so grateful for David Leong's fresh and unique look at race in America. I will never look at another freeway, public school, or suburban home the same way again. – from the foreword by Soong-Chan Rah

Geography matters. We long for diverse, thriving neighborhoods and churches, yet racial injustices persist. Why? Because geographic structures and systems create barriers to reconciliation and prevent the flourishing of our communities.

Race and Place reveals the profound ways in which these geographic forces and structures sustain the divisions among us. Urban missiologist David P. Leong, who resides in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, unpacks the systemic challenges that are rarely addressed in the conversation about racial justice. Leong envisions a future of belonging and hope in our streets, towns, cities, and churches. A discussion about race needs to go hand in hand with a discussion about place, he says.

Leong is associate professor of missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he also serves as the director of the Global and Urban Ministry minor. He previously served in churches in urban Seattle through ministries focused on community groups and neighborhood involvement. The foreword is by Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout Race and Place – amid conversation about walls, division, and barriers, Leong helps readers see how racialized cities have been historically and how they continue to suffer under these decisions from decades ago. But Race and Place also provides readers with concrete steps to live out the good news of justice and shalom in neighborhoods and communities.

There is a conversation missing from much of the evangelical church today, a church that still largely falls along color lines and adopts the same racial logic of grouping into ‘sames.’ Though there's certainly been slow and steady progress in broaching the race conversation in some churches and Christian circles (depending on geography and social location), not a whole lot has changed about the racial assumptions and divisions readers accept as normal, even if many have learned to adjust their vocabulary and speak more carefully on the topic.

One of the unique dimensions of the race conversation Leong explores in Race and Place is the way in which the convergence of race and place, particularly in urban contexts, is essential for a Christian understanding of moving toward reconciliation in our communities. Rather than rehashing race from sociological, psychological, or historical perspectives, he focuses on the intersection of theology and geography. He says he finds that so many thoughtful, well-intentioned Christians want to ‘do something’ about racial disparities, and yet as they examine their lives in an effort to act, they bump up against obstacles and limitations. Many of those blockages are geographic in nature, determined by the limits of time and effort in the context of place and location.

Thinking Christianly about geography is simply examining where we're standing, and then understanding how exactly those positions and locations shape our everyday faith and practice. Perhaps exploring some of these places in our lives more intentionally will shift and stretch our horizons of truth, goodness, and beauty in what St. Augustine called the ‘city of God.’

Part one of Race and Place, "Race and Place," sets the stage by unpacking some terms and ideas that are used throughout the book such as race, place, and colorblindness. Through exploring intersections of theology and geography, Leong uses the garden-to-city narrative as a backdrop for making sense of the Christian story, and for our missional responsibility to inhabit that story more intentionally with a lived theology of place.

Part two, "Patterns of Exclusion," examines the structures of racial division in our cities and communities by identifying the color lines that shape our lives through segregation, isolation, and walls of hostility. By diagnosing the challenges we face as structural, geographic, and spiritual, he looks at historic and contemporary urban issues such as housing, education, and gentrification in order to propose a way forward from hostility to community.

Finally, part three, "Communities of Belonging," focuses on crossing color lines by presenting a practical theology of reconciliation through the lens of family, communion, and neighborhood renewal. Through unlearning the social logic of homogeneity, Leong offers some postures and practices of place that foster reflective action for pastors, ministry practitioners, activists, and everyday neighbors and community builders.

Throughout these various vignettes of theology and geography, Leong maps a distinctly Christian vision of racial reconciliation that challenges the church to dig deeper into the soil that structures our lives together. If geography indeed determines much of our perspective on race, then the purpose of Race and Place is to provide some tools to (1) better understand the ‘placed’ contexts of our racial division and (2) practice ways of being a new kind of community that reshapes our cities and neighborhoods in the image of divine belonging. Leong hopes readers will find the courage, conviction, and creativity to follow the Spirit into uncharted territory.

Although race has been a focus of public conversation in the U.S., not many people are talking about the way geography has fueled the racial divide and continues to fragment us. David Leong introduces us to the tangled history of race and geography with a keenly theological mind that imagines reconciliation for God's people. – Relevant

Leong's Race and Place is a one of the most graceful and optimistic takes on race in the United States in recent memory. – Baptist Standard
Leong brings the overdue conversation of race to the forefront and begs of us to engage, act, and get involved – something much more than what many Christians have been doing for quite some time: nothing. Leong has created a text that is accessible yet offers rigor in the fields of race, religion, and mission. It is time for Christians to take up the mantle of racial awareness and justice. – Daniel White Hodge, director of the Center For Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University, author of Hip Hop's Hostile Gospel
Place matters. Race and Place adds to our understanding about race by showing us that this dialog does not happen in a vacuum but in geographic places and spaces.… It is in specific locations we work out what it means to walk through those dividing walls. – Jude Tiersma Watson, associate professor of urban mission, Fuller Seminary
Race is neither a white/black issue nor is it merely one of political correctness. Rather, it's about ghettos, ethnic enclaves, suburbia, and gentrification. David Leong helps us see how racialized our cities have been historically and how we continue to suffer under these decisions from decades ago. But Race and Place also provides us with concrete steps to live out the good news of justice and shalom in our neighborhoods and communities. There is plenty here for theorists to mull over and much for activists to work for as well. – Amos Yong, professor of theology and mission, Fuller Theological Seminary
Joining God's dream for our neighborhoods compels us to answer the clarion call of racial justice and reconciliation. But for way too long, conversations about race haven't included place, and vice versa. With the insight of a scholar and wisdom that only comes from putting ideas into practice, Dr. Leong offers an invitation to the belonging, solidarity, and hope we so desperately need today. If you believe we need each other, you need this book. If you don't believe we need each other, you need this book. I'm so grateful for this timely contribution. – Tim Soerens, cofounding director, The Parish Collective, coauthor of The New Parish

A critical book, Race and Place is a welcome addition to a conversation that needs to include both race and place. There is plenty here for theorists to mull over and much for activists to work for as well.

History / Midwestern / Transportation / Law / Politics

The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922 by Neil J. Lehto (Michigan State University Press)

One is fairly lost in the moves and counter moves that have been made in the Detroit situation. For thirty years, railway matters there have been in the public eye. Some day no doubt a historian will arise who will set down the record of events for posterity, but unless that historian is a disciple of the romantic school that product will be dull reading. If the time is not too remote when this work is begun then a story ought to result that would be enthralling. The man who does the task, however, will need to get back of the facts to the persons who directed the various moves and disclose if he can the actuating motives. – ‘Thirty Year Controversy Brought to an End,' Street Railway Journal, May 20, 1922

Streetcars played an especially important role in society around the turn of the twentieth century in Detroit, in part because of the downtown hub-and-spoke design of its main streets. During this period the streetcar was the main mode of transportation for the average citizen, as horse-drawn carriages and automobiles were not found outside of the upper class. Control over streetcar franchises was highly coveted – this control was simultaneous with having power over how and where people were transported throughout the city, making it an incredible political tool. The Thirty-Year War describes the battle waged between 1892 and 1922 by the City of Detroit against the politically powerful and deeply entrenched corporations that owned streetcar franchises for control of the city’s streetway system. This compelling history shows how and why the owners of monopoly franchises of great public utilities such as bridges, street railways, electricity, natural gas, and cable television will protect and defend their privilege against public ownership or control and is an example of how one city successfully fought back.

Author Neil J. Lehto is an attorney in southeastern Michigan who specializes in representing Michigan cities, townships, and villages in various cable television, public utility, municipal franchise, and telecommunications tower matters.

The Thirty-Year War is based on first-hand accounts, biographies, and contemporary newspaper and magazine articles, as well as state corporate, Detroit common council, and other historical records. All of the characters are real, and all of their dialogue with each other is drawn from these sources.

As explained in The Thirty-Year War, the horse-drawn street railway system built by attorney Eben Willcox and his investors on Jefferson Avenue in 1863 to carry passengers between Detroit's two railroad stations soon spread onto the other spoke-like streets drawn by Augustus B. Woodward in 1806 named Woodward, Jefferson, Michigan, Grand River, and Gratiot Avenues and Fort Street. By 1890, when Detroit voters elected one of their greatest mayors, Hazen S. Pingree, the new owners of the city's private street railway companies led by George Hendrie and U.S. Senator James McMillan were laying plans and arranging the necessary financing to replace their horses with overhead electric-powered streetcars while their many thousands of daily passengers were clamoring for lower fares. A few months following a violent, four-day strike in 1891 by street railway drivers and conductors, joined by disgruntled daily riders, Detroit's corrupt Common Council gave Hendrie and McMillan new thirty-year street railway franchises, getting nothing in return but an empty promise of new electric-powered streetcars. Mayor Pingree stepped in with a startling veto, and he followed with a politically powerful demand for citywide three-cent fares.

For years, state and federal courtrooms in Detroit filled with lawyers arguing streetcar cases. Politicians who had always campaigned for three-cent fares against the company's succession of owners finally and quietly gave up and, instead, shifted to demanding municipal ownership of the street railways on which the city would itself offer three-cent fares. They failed repeatedly. It was not until 1922 that Ford gasoline millionaire Mayor James J. Couzens was able to claim victory, having conceded citywide six-cent fares.

In The Thirty-Year War, Neil J. Lehto has created what may well become the definitive history of the struggle between 1892 and 1924 to determine who would control public transportation in the City of Detroit, city government or outside private corporations. At the same time, Lehto has ably placed this ‘war’ in the context of its time as Detroit grew to become a major metropolis and an industrial giant. – David G. Chardavoyne, coauthor of Michigan Supreme Court Historical Reference Guide, 2nd edition

Neil J. Lehto's The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922, is the definitive history on a challenging period of time in Detroit's streetcar history. It chronicles the transformation of Detroit's public transportation system from what was then ... privately owned and operated into what would become the country's largest municipally owned streetcar company. Lehto provides an informative and detailed account of the personalities and politics that made this happen. He provides an in-depth history of the various independent streetcar companies that once operated on each of Detroit's major streets.... This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the history of streetcars in Detroit. – Kenneth Schramm, historian and author of Detroit's Street Railways

The Thirty-Year War provides a definitive and in-depth history of the battle waged by Detroit against the corporations that owned the franchises for control of the streetway system. The book compellingly tells the story of how the owners of monopoly franchises defended their privilege against public ownership and how the city fought back.

Home & Garden / Gardening / Reference

Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants – Flexibound – by Robin Stockwell (Oxmoor House)

If you have never grown succulents, this book will inspire and guide you. If you consider yourself a seasoned pro with them, you'll delight in the many fresh ways to use them. Either way, let these ideas inspire your creativity and you, too, will experience the magic of succulents! – from the book

Succulents are the ultimate easy-care plant: versatile, effortless to grow both indoors and outdoors, and drought tolerant. From Aloe and Agaves, to Senecio and Taciveria, Succulents by leading garden expert Robin Stockwell highlights 200 of the easiest, most useful, and gorgeous plants, and shares advice on care and cultivation. Readers will find inspiration for imaginative and new ways to use succulents in garden designs, containers, vertical walls, and indoor arrangements, as well as step-by-step projects, such as living bouquets and terrarium ornaments.

Stockwell, the founder of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA, has been active in the nursery industry as a grower and retailer, and working with succulent plants since 1972. As a grower, Stockwell says he learned that gardeners often choose specific plants once they have seen them used in someone else's garden or bouquet. Succulents is a compilation of inspirational ideas.

Succulents is organized in a user-friendly way that will guide experts and home gardeners alike. Chapters show ideas from various gardens that use succulents creatively. Inspirations takes advantage of all kinds of spaces, from narrow side yards to rooftops; Easy Projects brings them indoors, showing succulents in vases, containers, and on birdhouses. Once inspired, readers can turn to My Favorite Plants, which profiles over 200 kinds of plants and gardens. Those who are looking for a plant with a special job to do in their garden can turn to the Succulent Selection Guide.

Replete with color photography and details throughout, Succulents will inspire fans with important information such as how big a certain plant grows, when it blooms, plus its water and exposure needs. Lastly, readers can turn to Planting and Care for tips on how to shop for healthy succulents, how often to water, feed and provide overall care. Practical and richly photographed, Succulents is a comprehensive guide offering creative ideas and DIY projects using beautiful low-maintenance, water-wise plants. This handbook is the essential reference for landscapers, home gardeners, and anyone looking for a thorough introduction to the perfect plant for modern times.

Law / Supreme Court / Tribal Sovereignty

The Erosion of Tribal Power: The Supreme Court's Silent Revolution by Dewi Ioan Ball (University of Oklahoma Press)

For the past 180 years, the inherent power of indigenous tribes to govern themselves has been a central tenet of federal Indian law. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeated confirmation of Native sovereignty since the early 1830s, it has, in the past half-century, incrementally curtailed the power of tribes to govern non-Indians on Indian reservations. The result, Dewi Ioan Ball argues in The Erosion of Tribal Power, has been a ‘silent revolution,’ mounted by particular justices so gradually and quietly that the significance of the Court’s rulings has largely evaded public scrutiny.
Ball teaches at YGG Tirdeunaw Welsh Primary School in Swansea, Wales.

Ball begins his examination of the erosion of tribal sovereignty by reviewing the so-called Marshall trilogy, the three cases that established two fundamental principles: tribal sovereignty and the power of Congress to protect Indian tribes from the encroachment of state law. Neither the Supreme Court nor Congress has remained faithful to these principles, Ball shows. Beginning with Williams v. Lee, a 1959 case that highlighted the tenuous position of Native legal authority over reservation lands and their residents, Ball analyzes multiple key cases, demonstrating how the Supreme Court’s decisions weakened the criminal, civil, and taxation authority of tribal nations. During an era when many tribes were strengthening their economies and preserving their cultural identities, the high court was undermining sovereignty. In Atkinson Trading Co. v. Shirley (2001) and Nevada v. Hicks (2001), for example, the Court all but obliterated tribal authority over non-Indians on Native land.
By drawing on the private papers of Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justices Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, William O. Douglas, Lewis F. Powell Jr., and Hugo L. Black, Ball in The Erosion of Tribal Power offers crucial insight into federal Indian law from the perspective of the justices themselves.

The foundation of The Erosion of Tribal Power is a close analysis of the workings of the Supreme Court and an examination, from the justices' viewpoint, of the changes the Court's decisions made in federal Indian case law from 1959 to 2001. Ball also examines a small number of cases decided between 2001 and 2015 to show that the trend of these changes continues to the present day. To achieve the book's goals, chapters contain exhaustive chronological analyses of key cases in civil, criminal, and taxation law to show how the justices have reinterpreted federal Indian law over time. Rather than try to decipher the meaning and principles of the opinions from a position outside the Supreme Court, this work situates itself within the Court's offices and corridors.

Numerous legal articles discuss the movement of the Court away from the sovereignty doctrine. Although some assess this movement in terms of trends and theories, others see it as devoid of theory, principle, or trend, which has caused uncertainty in the law itself. Ball argues, instead, that the thinking of the Supreme Court justices had and has a clear focus and direction; unfortunately for Native America, it is the antithesis of the Indian sovereignty doctrine and the inherent sovereignty of the tribes.

With any written work, there is always a decision to be made about focus, and with this in mind Ball uses what he consider the key attributes of tribal power to narrow the numerous legal subject areas and inherent complexity contained within the discipline of federal Indian law. Such areas include, but are not limited to: civil law, criminal law, labor law, taxation law, water rights, labor rights, treaty rights, land rights, and issues of religion.

Chapter 1 of The Erosion of Tribal Power provides a broad historical examination of the development of federal Indian law and the Indian sovereignty doctrine, as well as the changing powers of the tribes, from the nineteenth century to 1959. Despite the limitations placed on tribal authority by the Court up until 1959, the tribes had retained inherent sovereignty over nonmembers on the reservation and, generally, the authority to prohibit state law from entering the reservation. Chapter 2 presents the foundations of the silent revolution and the principles that underpinned it. It traces through specific case law the formation, from 1959 to 1973, of a new principle that states had authority on the reservation unless revoked by Congress, eroding the principles of the Native sovereignty doctrine established by Chief Justice Marshall. Chapter 3 traces the development of the silent revolution between 1973 and 2001 and the principles that drove it, referred to in this work as the ‘integrationist trend,’ and shows the gradual erosion of the Indian sovereignty doctrine and the key attributes of tribal power. This chapter also discusses the small number of civil and taxation federal Indian law cases that were before the Court between 2001 and 2015. Chapter 4 examines the Native American legal response to the watershed Hicks and Atkinson cases, from 2001 to 2015, and identifies signs that show that the erosion of the sovereignty doctrine and of key attributes of tribal power have leaked into Congress. In 2013, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and partially overruled Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe – a case indicative of the silent revolution. The set of circumstances that led to that legislation was, however, unique, and offers little justification for thinking that Congress will further undermine Supreme Court case law in this area in the near future. Chapter 5 discusses the practical effects of civil, criminal, and taxation case law of the Supreme Court on the authority of specific tribes on their reservations. Chapter 6 examines the importance of tribal sovereignty over tribal members in the political and economic resurgence of many Native American tribes during the silent revolution.

Proponents of tribal sovereignty now consider the U.S. Supreme Court to be the most dangerous branch of government. In The Erosion of Tribal Power, Dewi Ball explains why. He shows how the Court’s decisions have stripped tribal governments of significant criminal, civil, and taxation authority, with devastating effects in Indian Country. – Blake Watson, author of Buying American from the Indians: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Native Land Rights

The Erosion of Tribal Power shines much-needed light on crucial changes to federal Indian law between 1959 and 2001 and discusses how tribes have dealt with the political and economic consequences of the Court’s decisions.

Literature & Fiction / Literary Criticism

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final Screenplays edited by Jeffrey Couchman (The Works of James Agee, Vol. 4: University of Tennessee Press)

In a writing career that branched into drama, poetry, fiction, and journalism, film was a constant for James Agee (1909 – 1955). In love with movies from early childhood, he flirted with filmmaking and screenwriting in the 1920s and '30s, became a respected movie critic in the 1940s, and by late 1950 was working on a script with one of the directors he most admired, John Huston. His death at age forty-five would come only five years later but not before he had written several other screenplays.

Volume 4 in The Works of James Agee series, The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter, presents the writer's two most famous screenplays: for The African Queen, his collaboration with Huston, and for The Night of the Hunter, the only film ever directed by actor Charles Laughton. Not only does The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter offer both the first draft and final shooting script for each work, it also features meticulous annotations by editor Jeffrey Couchman and a wealth of archival material, similarly annotated. Included, for The African Queen, are variants of key scenes; relevant fragments by two other writers, John Collier and Peter Viertel; and notes that Agee wrote from his hospital bed while recovering from a heart attack. Most notable about the section on The Night of the Hunter (which Agee did not live to see in its final form) is the inclusion of the never-before-published first draft, rediscovered in 2003. This debunks forever the myth that Agee had produced a massive, unfilmable mess that Laughton discarded and rewrote from scratch. In fact, Laughton preserved essential structural elements of Agee's script along with important dramatic and visual ideas that originated with Agee and not with Davis Grubb's source novel. The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter stand today as undisputed Hollywood classics: the former a wonderfully comic adventure tale with delightful star turns by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, the latter a unique, noirish fable in which Robert Mitchum's ‘Preacher’ emerges as one of cinema's most unforgettable villains.

Editor Jeffrey Couchman, an adjunct professor of media culture at the College of Staten Island, is the author of The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film. He is also editing forthcoming volumes of Agee’s other screenplays. The General Editor is Michael A. Lofaro and the Associate General Editor is Hugh Davis.

Other volumes in The Works of James Agee series include:

  • Volume 1: A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author's Text edited by Michael A. Lofaro
  • Volume 2: Complete Journalism: Articles, Book Reviews, and Manuscripts edited by Paul Ashdown
  • Volume 3: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men edited by Hugh Davis

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter is the first of three in The Works of James Agee that collect all of Agee's screenplays, treatments, and narrations, along with many of his notes and outlines. Five scripts published in 1960 as volume 2 of Agee on Film are reprinted, with corrections, in the present series. The collection of Agee's film work begins with the two most prominent pieces in his screenwriting canon. Both films are adaptations of successful novels – The African Queen by C. S. Forester and The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb – and both adhere closely to the story, events, and dialogue of the books. The two films are established classics. Apart from those similarities, they are a study in contrasts. The African Queen, directed by a Hollywood veteran who had been making films for ten years, is a big-budget Technicolor tale of romance and high adventure. The Night of the Hunter, made by a first-time film director on a small budget, is a black-and-white parable of good and evil.

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter contains the first draft and the shooting script for each of these memorable films. It may seem strange to include entire first drafts in a series dedicated to an author's final intentions. But the unusual procedure stems from distinctive complications in Agee's involvement with the final screenplays of The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter.

Agee was only a few weeks into his work with Huston on The African Queen when he suffered a heart attack that kept him in a Santa Barbara hospital for over a month. Huston finished a working draft on his own. During his recuperation in the hospital, Agee continued to set down his ideas for the film, writing a few scenes that ended up in the first draft or shooting script, as well as others that were never used. He was, however, unable to join Huston in Africa for the film shoot and further collaboration on the screenplay. The director hired novelist and screenwriter Peter Viertel to help him revise the first draft and create a shooting script.

For The Night of the Hunter, Agee and Laughton held extensive discussions about the script and the style of the film, even studying silent movies by D. W. Griffith. Teeming with ideas, Agee delivered a draft that ran 293 pages – nearly twice as long as a practical shooting script. The final screenplay shrewdly condenses and reorganizes the first draft. Although Agee remained on the job through five weeks of revisions and received solo screen credit for the screenplay, he himself acknowledged to producer Paul Gregory that Laughton "had ... an immense amount to do with the script." Agee even suggested that he and Laughton share the writing credit.

Detailed discussions of these complicated textual histories will be found in the introductions to The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter in The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter. Agee is more prominent in the first-draft screenplays than he is in the shooting scripts. Nevertheless, both shooting scripts are clearly derived from the first drafts. While contributing specific actions and dialogue, Agee also helped provide a structure, a strong foundation, for each of the final screenplays. To appreciate fully Agee's part in crafting The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter, one must read the first and final scripts.

A section that follows each screenplay, "Textual Commentary and Notes," includes comparative analysis of first and final versions. The shooting script for The Night of the Hunter is a vast overhaul of the initial script. The final African Queen screenplay is at times a line-by-line revision of the first draft. In its own way, each project is a fascinating study in the detail work that goes into rewriting. With screenplays published side by side, readers can make their own comparisons and gain an overall view of how the shooting scripts revamp the first drafts. Nevertheless, the running commentaries after each script serve as a kind of guided tour through the wilderness of revision and adaptation; they highlight areas of particular interest or significance in the Agee-Huston and Agee-Laughton collaborations.

The Night of the Hunter first draft and the African Queen shooting script are published in The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter for the first time. Agee's initial draft for Hunter is particularly noteworthy. The script vanished shortly after it was delivered in June 1954 and became the stuff of legend, a gargantuan work that Laughton was said to have single-handedly rewritten. Half a century after Agee turned in his draft, the script was discovered by Paul Sprecher, trustee of the James Agee Trust, in a carton of books that had not been opened for a decade. After years of secondhand commentary about a troubled relationship between Laughton and his writer, Agee's fabled adaptation is at last on view. By studying the two Night of the Hunter screenplays, it is now possible to sort out at least some of the myths and the truths about Agee's work on the film.

Supplementary texts that further address the vexed question of Agee's credit on The Night of the Hunter are included in The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter, along with material that illuminates the process of revision on The African Queen. Significant documents are published in this volume for the first time: excerpts from The African Queen's working draft; commentary, outlines, and versions of scenes for the film that Agee wrote during his hospital convalescence; and detailed notes about the first draft that Agee sent to Huston shortly after his release from the hospital in March 1951.

Jeffrey Couchman’s editing displays his prodigious gifts for analyzing complex artistic collaborations. In his annotations and overviews of the first drafts and shooting scripts and his introductions to supplemental material, he trains a subtle eye and ear on fluctuating dialogue, camera movements, music cues, and bits of action. He emerges with uncommon perceptions and deflates longstanding myths about the limits of Agee’s influence on these two milestone movies. There’s an air-clearing excitement to the way Couchman pinpoints specific Agee contributions that affect the flavor and quality of each film. – Michael Sragow, author of Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master and editor of the Library of America’s James Agee volumes

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter provides a remarkable window into the complex process by which a story is shaped and reshaped. By displaying and analyzing scripts and supporting materials for The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter, this edition provides a close, inside look at the craft of screenwriting and the art of revision.

For film scholars, and the countless admirers of these masterful movies, The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter is a feast. For students of Agee in particular, the book will expand their understanding of the writer and his methods, in part by revealing thematic and stylistic connections between works in different forms.

Psychology / Clinical / Ethics / Gerontology

Ethical Practice in Geropsychology by Shane S. Bush, Rebecca S. Allen, & Victor A. Molinari (American Psychological Association)

Psychologists who work with older adults find themselves encountering a number of novel issues, including those related to the array of health concerns psychologists do not often encounter with younger clients, such as Alzheimer's disease. Determining a client's decision-making capacity, balancing a client's autonomy with his or her well-being, and juggling differing priorities from various parties – the clients, their families, other healthcare professionals, etc. – give rise to a number of complicated ethical and legal quandaries. Geropsychologists also must negotiate the competing interests and expectations of clients and their relatives, other health care professionals, and the institutions in which many older adults are evaluated and treated.

To help geropsychologists navigate these complex issues, Shane Bush, Rebecca Allen, and Victor Molinari in Ethical Practice in Geropsychology introduce a structured decision-making process that draws heavily from principle-based and positive ethics, providing practical applications of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct while also accounting for federal laws and regulations.

Bush, PhD, ABPP, is a neuropsychologist, a member of the APA-accredited geropsychology postdoctoral residency program supervisory staff at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System and director of Long Island Neuropsychology, PC; Allen, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology and has a primary appointment in the Alabama Research Institute on Aging at The University of Alabama; and Molinari PhD, ABPP, formerly the director of geropsychology for the Houston Veteran Affairs Medical Center, is a professor in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida.

Detailed case examples illustrate how to apply this process in a variety of treatment contexts, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and hospice care. These vignettes review unique considerations for assessment, intervention, consultation, business practices, education and training, and advocating for clients' rights. The easy-to-follow decision-making model provided in Ethical Practice in Geropsychology will help clinicians make the most ethically sound decisions possible in these challenging situations.

The primary goal of Ethical Practice in Geropsychology is to promote the development and maintenance of ethical competence in psychology trainees and practitioners working with older adults. To achieve this goal, the authors present common ethical and legal issues confronting geropsychologists and illustrate ways to identify and negotiate ethical issues and challenges through the use of vignettes covering a variety of practice contexts. By increasing awareness of such issues, psychologists may choose courses of behavior that are consistent with ethical practice, thereby promoting patient care and avoiding ethical misconduct.

Part I of Ethical Practice in Geropsychology provides an overview of foundational competencies in geropsychology, with an emphasis on ethical issues and decision making. This section provides a review of the integration of psychology and geropsychology, covers the establishment and maintenance of professional competence in geropsychology, describes common ethical issues and challenges in geropsychology, and presents an ethical decision-making model to assist geropsychologists in the prevention and successful resolution of ethical dilemmas. For the cases presented in Ethical Practice in Geropsychology, the authors often collapse steps in the model for a more fluid discussion of the salient issues. The importance of striving to understand individual, cultural, and cohort differences is considered an essential aspect of ethical decision making and is relevant across cases and settings.

Part II covers the ethical issues often associated with the undertaking of the functional competencies expected of geropsychologists. Separate chapters address geropsychology competencies in assessment; intervention; consultation, administration, and business aspects of practice; education, training, and research; and advocacy. Vignettes present ethical issues and challenges commonly encountered in various practice settings. The settings used are either more commonly encountered in the treatment of older adults compared to younger populations or are becoming increasingly important practice settings for geropsychologists. The approach used to identify ethical issues, challenges, and solutions in the contexts described should transfer to the many other practice contexts in which geropsychologists provide services.

Each chapter in Ethical Practice in Geropsychology provides an overview of the competency, identifies the professional tasks that reflect competent behavior in this domain, and provides representative examples to illustrate the ethical issues and tensions being covered. The vignettes demonstrate the practical application of ethical principles and professional guidelines across a wide spectrum of geropsychology contexts. They are fictitious cases based on the combined experiences of the authors and are designed to provide a broad sample of the types of ethical issues and challenges geropsychologists experience.

An exceptional contribution to the field, this book integrates ethics into the complex world of geropsychology practice. It will be useful for clinicians and educators alike. – Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology, and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

This volume combines historical roots and contemporary theory with actual case examples. It fills a gap in ethics texts, addressing not only common clinical dilemmas but also those relating to business practices, research collaboration, and professional advocacy. – Jennifer Moye, PhD, ABPP, VA Boston, Boston, MA; Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

The easy-to-follow, decision-making model provided in Ethical Practice in Geropsychology will help clinicians make the most ethically sound decisions possible in challenging situations. Clinical vignettes illustrate how to handle ethical and legal issues in a variety of contexts and also will stimulate thought and discussion. The book will also help geropsychologists prepare for the ethics component of the board certification exam.

Psychology / Psychoanalysis / Historical

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality: The 1905 Edition by Sigmund Freud, translated by Ulrike Kistner, edited and introduced by Philippe Van Haute & Herman Westerink (Verso)

Available for the first time in English, the 1905 edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality presents Sigmund Freud’s thought in a form new to all but a few ardent students of his work.
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality presents readers with the fascinating possibility that Freud suppressed his first and best thoughts on this topic, and that only today can they be recognized and understood at a time when societies have begun the serious work of reconceptualizing sexual identities.

This is a Freud absent the Oedipal complex, which came to dominate his ideas and subsequent editions of these essays. In its stead is an autoerotic theory of sexual development, a sexuality transcending binary categorization. This is psychoanalysis freed from ideas that have often brought it into conflict with the ethical and political convictions of modern readers, practitioners, and theorists.
The introduction is by Philippe Van Haute, professor at the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and extraordinary professor of philosophy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Herman Westerink, associate professor at the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen, and extraordinary professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The translator is Ulrike Kistner, professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Freud (1856-1939) was born in Freiberg, which is now known as the Czech Republic. Freud developed psychoanalysis, a method through which an analyst unpacks unconscious conflicts based on the free associations, dreams and fantasies of the patient. His theories on child sexuality, libido and the ego, among other topics, were some of the most influential academic concepts of the twentieth century.
Freud published the first version of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality in 1905, the same year in which he published Fragment of an Analysis of Hysteria (‘Dora’) and Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. These three books, together with others written in that period, can only be properly understood through the intrinsic reference that binds them to one another.

But Freud kept rewriting his Three Essays over the years. He republished them four times between 1905 and 1924, and each time he added large paragraphs in which he explained the theoretical insights that he had developed in the meantime. As a result, the 1924 edition of the text is twice as long as the original one, and it contains theoretical insights that bluntly contradict Freud's original positions of 1905. It is this 1924 edition that was published in the final ‘officially approved’ collection of Freud's works. This at least partly explains why the first edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality was never published in any language other than German. In this way, the first edition became like a missing object that every Freud scholar referred to as ‘1905d,’ but that in fact was absent and unknown. At the same time, the officially approved version of 1924 was a decontextualized version no longer bound to Freud's 1905 projects and thoughts.

In 1905, Freud consistently thematizes infantile sexuality as essentially autoerotic. Infantile sexuality is ‘without an object.’ This also explains why Freud links oedipal themes in the first edition to (object-related) pubertal sexuality. This view is in direct contradiction with the historiographic tradition that until today claims that psychoanalysis starts at the very moment when Freud gave up the theory of seduction (his ‘neurotica’) in 1897, and reinterpreted the stories of his patients as the disguised expressions of oedipal fantasies.

The first edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is not only important for historical reasons. Psychoanalysis has been severely criticized in the past – and with good reason – for its heteronormative approach to sexuality. This approach can take many forms, but it is almost always linked to one of the many versions of the Oedipus complex. The first edition contains a theory of sexuality that in no way anticipates the later oedipal theories. Quite the contrary, the 1905 edition identifies infantile sexuality with nonfunctional pleasure, and discusses this relation without any reference to an object or to sexual difference.

In this first edition, Freud further conceptualizes a ‘pathoanalysis’ of (sexual) existence. In order to understand the (sexual) existence of the human being, one has to start from psychopathology. Psychopathology shows readers in a magnified way the tendencies and problematics that they all have to deal with. In this way, psychiatry and psychopathology attain an anthropological significance. They inform readers less about diseases or disorders than about the human being as such. This idea undermines the distinctions between ‘normal,’ ‘abnormal,’ and ‘pathological.’

The first, ‘missing’ edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality would undoubtedly be an important document in a debate on the possibility of developing a psychoanalytic metapsychology that escapes the heteronormavity characterizing it until today.

But even as the first edition articulates a new revolutionary theory of sexuality, it also remains stuck, to some extent, in age-old prejudices about sex and sexuality. The structural presence of these prejudices makes the text ambiguous and inconsistent, while at the same time showing the problematic that Freud was trying to articulate. Precisely because this text illuminates, rather than simply neglects, the uncertainties and ambiguities with which many struggle, it might show readers a possibility or possibilities for inventing new ways of thinking about sexuality that transcend the ‘heterosexual matrix’ that in many respects conditions their lives.

Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality stands beside his Interpretation of Dreams as his most momentous and original contributions to human knowledge. – James Strachey

The history of Freudian thinking is in fact far more complicated than many would think, and the first edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is a crucial element in this history. The fact that the 1905 edition has never been translated before creates a welcome opportunity for a more literal translation that at the same time does justice to the subtleties of Freud's concepts. Only now can readers measure the importance of this foundational text. Hence the necessity of a separate edition that locates the first edition in its historical context and examines its differences from the later versions.

Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism

Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle: Dzogchen as the Culmination of the Mahayana by Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, translated & introduced by Dominic Sur (Snow Lion)

Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle is the first English translation of a classic treatise on how the Tibetan practice of Dzogchen, or Great Perfection, is in fact the culmination of the path of Mahayana Buddhism.
Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo wrote Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle in the eleventh century during the renaissance of Buddhism in Tibet that was spurred by the influx of new translations of Indian Buddhist texts, tantras, and esoteric transmissions from India. For political and religious reasons, adherents of the ‘new schools’ of Tibetan Buddhism fostered by these new translations cast the older tradition of lineages and transmissions as impure and decadent. Rongzompa composed the work translated in this book in order to clearly and definitively articulate how Dzogchen was very much in line with the wide variety of sutric and tantric teachings espoused by all the Tibetan schools. Using the kinds of philosophic and linguistic analyses favored by the new schools, he demonstrates that the Great Perfection is indeed the culmination and maturation of the Mahāyāna, the Great Vehicle.
Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo (eleventh century) was an important Tibetan Buddhist translator, fully adept in Sanskrit and, along with Longchenpa and Ju Mipham, is considered to be one of the three great systematizers of the Nyingma tradition. His works, whether translations from Sanskrit, commentaries on canonical texts, or original compositions such as Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and direct experience with, a wide variety of teachings that were coming into Tibet from India.
The translator Dominic Sur first studied with Tibetan masters in India, Nepal, and Tibet for several years before returning to the United States, where he was fortunate enough to study with several outstanding scholars of Buddhism at Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Virginia.

The central topic of Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle is the notion of illusory appearance, for when one realizes deeply that all appearances are illusory, one realizes also that all appearances are in that respect equal. The realization of the equality of all phenomena is said to be the Great Perfection approach to the path, which frees one from both grasping at, and rejecting, appearances. However, for those unable to remain effortlessly within the natural state, in the final chapter Rongzompa also describes how paths with effort are included in the Great Perfection approach.

Sur says that Rongzompa's text is not written for beginners. Commentarial and interpretive Buddhist treatises such as Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle are works often written by, and for, an educated audience of elites. Although the title, Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, might connote an introductory subject, this work presumes a great degree of knowledge on the part of readers concerning the Buddhist (and, occasionally, non-Buddhist) doctrines and philosophies. The Tibetan prose is often arcane. The grammar and syntax are often complex, sometimes containing metaphor and wordplay that are not easily translatable.

Dominic Sur presents an outstanding study and translation of a renowned treatise by one of the greatest luminaries of Tibetan literature, the great Rongzompa. Starting with the Mahāyāna corpus, this volume illuminates how all the vehicles relate with, and culminate in, the Great Perfection. It is an invaluable addition to Buddhist literature in the West. – Tulku Thondup, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love
In this book, Dominic Sur has rendered into clear and elegant English Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo’s
Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, one of the great classics of Tibetan thought, and one of the earliest treatises composed by a self-avowed follower of the Nyingma or ‘Ancient’ tradition. Studied to this day in Nyingma monastic colleges, Sur’s translation of this important thousand-year-old work is a must read for anyone interested in Tibetan intellectual history, and especially the early philosophical elaboration of the Great Perfection. – José Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
The nature of suffering; the distinction (or lack thereof) between illusion and reality; the value of reason for the spiritual path: all of these essential Buddhist topics are treated with creativity and freshness in this key early work of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Sur’s incisive English prose renders this rich philosophical work accessible while still retaining the precision and complexity of the original. – Kurtis Schaeffer, University of Virginia

Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of, and direct experience with, a wide variety of teachings that were coming into Tibet from India. Sur provides readers an accurate and readable English-language text. The translation retains the sophisticated tone and character of Rongzompa's composition, while avoiding the use of any unnatural ‘hybrid English.’

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Literature

The Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics by Clyde S. Kilby, edited by William Dyrness & Keith Call (Mount Tabor Books, Paraclete Press)

Beauty in its truest and deepest sense is connected with being, which ultimately is grounded in God. – from the introduction by William Dyrness

Dr. Clyde Samuel Kilby (1902–1986) was known to many as an early, long and effective champion of C. S. Lewis, and the founder of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, IL, for the study of the works of Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other members of the Inklings. Less known is that Kilby was also an apologist in his time for arts, aesthetics and beauty, particularly among Evangelicals.
The Arts and the Christian Imagination offers a sampler of the work of Kilby on these themes. He writes reflections under four headings: “Christianity, Art, and Aesthetics”; “The Vocation of the Artist”; “Faith and the Role of the Imagination”; and “Poetry, Literature and the Imagination.” With a unique voice, Kilby writes from a specific literary and philosophical context that relates art and aesthetics with beauty, and all that is embodied in the classics.

The Arts and the Christian Imagination introduces a new generation of readers to the work and influence of Kilby. The materials have been selected both from published and unpublished sources. Considering Kilby lived within the confines of a small Midwestern Christian college, his tastes were astoundingly catholic. He seemed to be familiar, not only with the whole history of literature, which was his primary teaching field, but also with music and the visual arts. Along with quotations from everyone from Virgil to Paul Ricoeur, his writings are generously sprinkled with anecdotes. Where in the world did he learn that Amedeo Modigliani, the famous sculptor, could act like a madman tearing off his clothes and bloodying his knees crawling up the stairs to a friend to spend the night? Where did he find the inspiration (and audacity) to use Aldous Huxley's writing about his drug trips as a model for the creative process?

Kilby was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, the son of a carpenter who could make anything from a coffin to a fine piece of furniture. This was somehow fitting, for Kilby always had the discipline of a craftsman about him. When his father died, Kilby was twelve and had to postpone his future plans for college, working for four years as a court reporter and public stenographer, while he honed his observational skills. After this strange apprenticeship, he was finally able to realize his dream of further study, and in 1929 he graduated from the University of Arkansas. He was the only college graduate in his family.

His writing career was launched with the publication of Poetry and Life in 1953. This was a beginning text for college students lovingly crafted to share his enthusiasm for poetry. The first chapter of this work is included in Section 4 of The Arts and the Christian Imagination under the title "The World of Poetry." This accessible introduction to poetry is clearly the product of many years of teaching students who had little natural interest or inclination to appreciate the language of poetry. Kilby had already encountered the work of C. S. Lewis, and that same year, in July 1953, Kilby went on a visit to England, determined to meet Lewis. Characteristically, Lewis agreed to meet Kilby in his rooms in Magdalen College, Oxford. They became friends and subsequently stayed in touch. Later Kilby played a role in introducing Lewis to an American audience.

According to his own recollection in The Arts and the Christian Imagination, Kilby was particularly interested in discovering Lewis's view of the relationship between Christianity and art, and it is not surprising that his own developing views on the subject were to be marked so strongly by Lewis's influence, as well as that of J. R. R. Tolkien, whom he did not meet until 1964. A review of his teaching would show that the 1950s were spent reading and teaching Lewis.

The 1960s proved to be the most productive period of his career. In 1961 he published a small book on aesthetics, and in 1964, he published his well-received introduction to the work of Lewis, The Christian World of C. S. Lewis. In 1964 he was named the Senior Teacher of the year, and in 1965 he was instrumental in founding the Marion E. Wade Collection of Lewis's letters and manuscripts. Initially this was to be a ‘Lewis’ collection, but its scope was soon expanded to collect the works and manuscripts of significant Christian writers associated with Lewis, most of whom belonged to the Inklings: Owen Barfield, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Charles Williams, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Later in the '60s Kilby's biography of David Brainerd appeared, and he edited two collections of Lewis's writings. During this period his growing impact on colleagues and former students was becoming increasingly evident. This appreciation found formal recognition in the publication of Imagination and the Spirit: Essays in Literature and the Christian Faith presented to Kilby, edited by former student and colleague Charles A. Huttar.

In 1973 he became the curator of what was then known as the Wade Collection, and that same year he was named author of the year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. Giving his time to the Wade Collection allowed him to focus more on his research and writing, which resulted in book-length studies of Tolkien and Lewis. Kilby formally retired in 1977, though he stayed on at the Wade Collection until 1980.

To read the reflections of C.S. Kilby on art and the Christian imagination is to engage one of the most pertinently constructive interior critiques of American evangelical culture in the 1960’s. His biblically formed imagination saw good and truth in what seemed to many of his generation astonishing places – French Catholic philosophers, agnostic novelists, psychic experimentalists, off-beat artists, mathematicians, mentally disturbed poets. To read these essays is to hear again his distinctively gentle voice in the classroom, and once again to gather many pearls of wisdom. – David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities Honors Program, Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies in Religion, Baylor University

Samuel Johnson said people need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed. Dr. Kilby reminds us of what it means to be made in the image of God and how art, in our creation and reception of it, illuminates, articulates and glorifies that original great mimesis. With wisdom and relevance, this collection provides a touchstone for the spiritual thinker in its reconciliation of art’s true and beautiful purpose with the unspeakable, inimitable mystery of God. – Dr. Carolyn Weber, author of Surprised by Oxford and Holy is the Day
The Arts and the Christian Imagination is a landmark book. Its scope is breathtaking, bringing together in one place well-known ‘signature’ essays by Clyde Kilby and unknown but equally excellent ones. The essays in this book, masterfully edited, sum up what a whole era wanted to say about literature and art in themselves and in relation to the Christian faith. – Leland Ryken, President, Wheaton College, author of The Christian Imagination
Thousands owe to this giant of Wheaton their ability to hear literary voices with Gospel-tuned ears. This sampler of his hugely influential writing will make the reader profoundly grateful for a man whose legacy is beyond measure. –
Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity School
It was my great privilege to take several classes with Clyde Kilby when I was a student at Wheaton. Now a new generation has the chance to experience the sparkle, wit, aesthetic insight, and deep Christian commitment that made Kilby such an unusually captivating teacher. Even without his hobbit-like presence, his words remain a true inspiration. – Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

As I read Dr. Kilby's words in this book, "Love, not duty, sends the artist forth," I recalled my class with him many years ago. I can still almost hear his voice as he read from Wordsworth: "what we have loved others will love, and we will show them how." That line perfectly describes Clyde Kilby's life and work. I treasure this collection of his essays on The Arts and the Christian Imagination. – G. Walter Hansen, Professor Emeritus, Fuller Seminary; co-author of Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman

The Arts and the Christian Imagination is a deeply engaging book for readers who want to look more closely at themes of art, aesthetics, beauty and literature in the context of faith. Kilby’s work is particularly relevant today as these topics are being embraced by Protestants, Evangelicals, and people of faith from many different traditions. In this book readers will find an introduction by a family friend rather than a scholarly commentary. This collection of work is a long overdue tribute to Kirby’s thinking and influence.

Religion & Spirituality / Judaism / Humor

100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die by Barbara Davis (Pelican Publishing Company)

The demands of modern society often create distance between Jews and their cultural heritage. Author Barbara Sheklin Davis, a New York City native and longtime Jewish educator, in 100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die offers ways to embrace and uphold Jewish influences in everyday life. Suggestions range from simple activities like noshing on pastrami on rye to more involved activities including hosting a Shabbat dinner or exploring tikkun olam to bring about social justice and repair the world.

An educator for well over fifty years, Davis has devoted her life to teaching and upholding Jewish traditions in the United States. She serves as executive editor of HaYidion, a journal of Jewish education. An accomplished author, noted scholar, and community leader, Davis received the 2015 Hannah G. Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women.

Sample contents include:

  • Binge-watch Woody Allen.
  • Face the future.
  • Guess how many of these people are Jewish.
  • Join a Jewish dating site.
  • Make an impact on social justice.
  • Unravel a Jewish superstition.

According to 100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die, the changing nature of Jewish identity is quite clear looking at generations: 93 percent of older Jews identify as Jewish on the basis of religion, and only 7 percent describe themselves as having no religion. In contrast, only 68 percent of young-adult Jews identify as Jews by religion, while 32 percent describe themselves as having no religion, instead identifying as Jewish on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity, or culture.

Young Jews today are part of a generation that, "asks not how to stay Jewish, but how to be Jewish." Being Jewish isn't seen as a negative, but neither is it important. Young Jews are only half as likely to say that they feel part of a Jewish community or a special obligation to other Jews in need. Only a third of them with children say they're raising them as Jews. But, according to 100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die, Judaism is a gift that keeps on giving. We often treasure when we are older what we didn't value when we were young. If Judaism has true and inherent worth, we cannot give up on it.

100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die is a book unlike any other. It doesn't mock, it doesn't preach, it is not a ‘how to’ manual, nor is its purpose or tone didactic. It offers connections, of many different kinds, to many different aspects of Judaism, in the spirit of pluralism and welcome. Lighthearted yet authentic, it shows readers ways that Jewishness can be meaningful and valuable in their lives, something that they can experience with interest, intent, and joy.

Whether readers find Jewish life applicable, appealing, or appalling, 100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die will help them learn more about it, in an open, nonjudgmental, non-coercive way. Whether readers are Pew Jews or New Jews, whether they consider themselves salad-bar Jews or an aspirational Jews, this book is for all of them.

Travel / Europe / Guides

Rick Steves Italy 2017 by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel)

Steves says that Italy is his favorite European country.

Italy has Europe's richest, craziest culture. If travelers take Italy on its own terms, they will experience a cultural keelhauling that actually feels good.

From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With Rick Steves Italy 2017, travelers trace Italian culture from Rome's Colosseum to Michelangelo's David to the bustling elegance of Milan. They experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums. They discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre. They shop at local market stalls, sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café, and pick up a picnic lunch at an allimentari. And they relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia!
Since 1973, Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. He says his mission is to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.

Italy bubbles with emotion, corruption, stray hairs, inflation, traffic jams, strikes, rallies, holidays, crowded squalor, and irate ranters shaking their fists at each other one minute and walking arm-in-arm the next. Italy is the cradle of European civilization – established by the Roman Empire and carried on by the Roman Catholic Church. As travelers explore Italy, they stand face-to-face with some of the world's most iconic images from this 2,000-year history: the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, the medieval Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, the playful Baroque exuberance of the Trevi Fountain ... and the Italian city that preserves this legacy in a state of elegant decay: Venice.

Italy is diverse, encompassing German-flavored Alps; Mediterranean beaches; sunbaked Sicily; romantic hill towns; the urban jungle of Naples. The country is reasonably small and laced with freeways and train lines, so travelers are never more than a day's journey from any of these places. Each of Italy's 20 regions has its own distinct character, whether it's scenic Tuscany, busy Lombardy, chaotic Campania, or the place where it all mixes together – Lazio, home of the capital, Rome.

Many travelers discover that there are two Italys: The North is industrial, aggressive, and ‘time is money’ in its outlook. The weather is temperate, and the people are more like Northern Europeans. The South is hot and sunny, crowded, poor, relaxed, farm-oriented, and traditional. Families here are very close‑knit and usually live in the same house for many generations. Loyalties are to family, city, region, soccer team, and country – in that order.

Economically, Italy has had its problems, but somehow things have always worked out. Today, Italy is the world's eighth-largest industrial power, and the fourth-largest in Europe. Tourism is big business – Italy is considered the world's fifth-most-visited tourist destination.

Italians are more social and communal than most other Europeans. In small towns, everyone knows everyone. People get out of their apartments to socialize on the main square. Young women walk hand in hand, and young teenagers shove or punch each other playfully or hang all over each other.

Rick Steves Italy 2017 helps travelers make the most of their trip. It breaks Italy into its top destinations – offering a balanced, comfortable mix of exciting cities and cozy towns, from brutal but bella Rome to tran­quillo, traffic-free Riviera villages. It covers the predictable biggies and stirs in a healthy dose of "Back Door" intimacy. Steves has been selective, including only the most exciting sights and experiences.

Travelers get all the specifics and opinions necessary to wring the maximum value out of their limited time and money. If they plan a month or less in Italy, and they have a normal appetite for information, Rick Steves Italy 2017 is all they need. If they are travel-info fiends, then they may find that this book sorts through all the superlatives and provides a handy rack upon which to hang their supplemental information.

Rick Steves Italy 2017 is a personal tour guide in the traveler’s pocket. This book is organized by destinations. Each is a mini-vacation on its own, filled with exciting sights, strollable neighborhoods, affordable places to stay, and memorable places to eat. For destinations covered in this book, travelers will find these sections:

  • Planning Your Time suggests a schedule for how to best use limited time.
  • Orientation has specifics on public transportation, helpful hints, local tour options, easy-to-read maps, and tourist informa­tion.
  • Sights describes the top attractions and includes their cost and hours. Major sights have self-guided tours.
  • Self-Guided Walks take travelers through interesting neighborhoods, pointing out sights and fun stops.
  • Sleeping describes Steves’ favorite hotels, from good-value to cushy splurges.
  • Eating serves up a buffet of options, from inexpensive cafes to fancy restaurants.
  • Connections outlines the options for traveling to destinations by train, bus, and plane. When describing car-friendly regions, Steves has included route tips for drivers.
  • The Italian History chapter gives travelers an overview of Italy's history, art, and architecture.
  • The Practicalities chapter near the end of this book is a traveler's tool kit, with Steves’ advice about money, sightseeing, sleeping, eating, staying connected, and transportation (trains, buses, boats, driving, and flights).
  • The Appendix has the nuts-and-bolts: useful phone numbers and websites, a holiday and festival list, recommended books and films, a climate chart, a handy packing checklist, and Italian sur­vival phrases.

Travelers can count on Steves to tell them what they really need to know when traveling in Italy. Throughout Rick Steves Italy 2017, readers will find money- and time-saving tips for sightseeing, and transportation, Steves’ advice to travelers is to browse through the book, choose their favorite destinations, and link them up. Traveling like a temporary local, they will get the absolute most out of every mile, minute, and dollar.

Rick Steves Italy 2017 can save travelers lots of time and money. Steve's candid, humorous advice will guide them to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help them plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of their trip. And the recommendations are up to date.

 

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Journalism in a Small Place: Making Caribbean News Relevant, Comprehensive and Independent, 1st edition by Juliette Storr, with general editor Hendrik Kraay (Latin American and Caribbean Series: University of Calgary Press)

Serving Students Who Are Homeless: A Resource Guide for Schools, Districts, and Educational Leaders by Ronald E. Hallett & Linda Skrla (Teachers College Press)

Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation by David P. Leong, with a foreword by Soong-Chan Rah (IVP Books)

The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922 by Neil J. Lehto (Michigan State University Press)

Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants – Flexibound – by Robin Stockwell (Oxmoor House)

The Erosion of Tribal Power: The Supreme Court's Silent Revolution by Dewi Ioan Ball (University of Oklahoma Press)

The African Queen and The Night of the Hunter: First and Final Screenplays edited by Jeffrey Couchman (The Works of James Agee, Vol. 4: University of Tennessee Press)

Ethical Practice in Geropsychology by Shane S. Bush, Rebecca S. Allen, & Victor A. Molinari (American Psychological Association)

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality: The 1905 Edition by Sigmund Freud, translated by Ulrike Kistner, edited and introduced by Philippe Van Haute & Herman Westerink (Verso)

Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle: Dzogchen as the Culmination of the Mahayana by Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, translated & introduced by Dominic Sur (Snow Lion)

The Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics by Clyde S. Kilby, edited by William Dyrness & Keith Call (Mount Tabor Books, Paraclete Press)

100 Jewish Things to Do Before You Die by Barbara Davis (Pelican Publishing Company)

Rick Steves Italy 2017 by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel)