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September 2011, Issue #149

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Alan Moore: Storyteller by Millidge Gary Spencer and Michael Moorcock (Universe)

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business, 4th edition by Kenn Oberrecht (Home-Based Business Series: The Globe Perquot Press)

Warriors Super Edition: Crookedstar's Promise by Erin Hunter (Warriors Series: Harper)

When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs, illustrated by John Butler (Sleeping Bear Press)

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists, 2nd edition by J. A. Hitchcock, edited by Loraine Page with a foreword by Vinton Cerf (Information Today, Inc.)

Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch by Rob Dobrenski (Lyons Press)

 I Have a Voice: How to Stop Stuttering by Bob G. Bodenhamer, edited by Peter Young (Crown House Publishing Ltd.)

Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds by Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer (Bantam Books)

The March of Patriots: The Struggle for Modern Australia by Paul Kelly (Melbourne University Press)

Battleground: The Greatest Tank Duels in History edited by Steven J. Zaloga (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

Acts of Occupation: Canada and Arctic Sovereignty, 1918-25 by Janice Cavell and Jeff Noakes (UBC Press)

Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding: Basics, Borders, & Beyond by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges and Dianne Tobias (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn (William Morrow)

Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee's Novel by Holly Virginia Blackford (The University of Tennessee Press)

Cancer of the Skin: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, June K. Robinson, MD, Merrick I. Ross, MD, Robert J. Friedman, MD, MSc (Med), Clay J. Cockerell, MD, Henry W. Lim, MD, Eggert Stockfleth, MD, PhD, & John M. Kirkwood, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Joshua Broder, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Goldman's Cecil Medicine: Expert Consult Premium Edition, 24th edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print, Single Volume (Goldman, Cecil Medicine: Text W/ Continually Updated Online) edited by Lee Goldman, MD and Andrew I. Schafer, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty with DVD by Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Mark R. Murphy, MD, Calvin M. Johnson Jr., MD and William Numa, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by James I. Cohen, MD, PhD, FACS and Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD, PhD and Elizabeth Montgomery, MD, series editor, John R. Goldblum (Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4-Volume Set edited by H. Richard Winn, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology – 2 Volume Set, 10th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Juan Rosai, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Meng Law, MD, Peter M. Som, MD and Thomas P. Naidich, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Pain Management, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Steven D. Waldman, MD, JD (Elsevier Saunders)

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th edition: Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print by Robert M. Kliegman, MD, Bonita F. Stanton, MD, and Richard E. Behrman, MD; Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, and Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, (Elsevier Saunders)

At Home with Saint Benedict: Monastery Talks by Mark A. Scott, general editor Simeon Leiva, with a foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr (Monastic Wisdom Series, Number 27: Cistercian Publications)

A Play-Full Life: Slowing Down & Seeking Peace by Jaco J. Hamman (The Pilgrim Press)

Introduction To World Religions, revised, edited by Christopher H. Partridge (Fortress Press)

A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions by Beth Wright (Fortress Press)

Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations edited by Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, with series editor Kenneth Shapiro (Human-Animal Studies Series, Volume II: Brill)

Women and Justice: It's a Crime, 5th edition by Roslyn Muraskin (Prentice Hall)

Handbook of Transnational Governance: New Institutions and Innovations edited by Thomas Hale and David Held (Polity)

The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages edited by Katariina Mustakallio and Christian Laes (Childhood in the Past Monograph Series, Volume 2: Oxbow Books)

Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State edited by Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale and Cody McCarroll (The University of Alberta Press)

 

Arts & Photography / Graphic Novels

Alan Moore: Storyteller by Millidge Gary Spencer and Michael Moorcock (Universe)

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness .... Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people's consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman. – Alan Moore, from the book

Alan Moore, renowned as an important talent in contemporary comics and graphic novels, is one of the most important creative forces in the history of comics. His innovative works, which include V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, have become enduring features of the modern cultural landscape, inspiring countless artists, from writers and illustrators to graphic novelists and filmmakers. Moore has won more awards and prizes than can be named – including nine Eisners, seven Harveys, multiple Jack Kirby awards, and the only Hugo ever awarded for work on a comic.

Drawing on new and unpublished interviews, as well as rarely seen art and photos, this is the first book on his work to have Moore’s cooperation and support. Alan Moore is a survey of his expansive work, from his high-profile best sellers to rarely seen experimental projects, such as spoken word and performance art. Each chapter opens with a section on his life, linking it to artistic, thematic, and technical concerns. Individual works are fully illustrated from Moore's personal archives and paired with critical context.

The audio CD accompanying Alan Moore features excerpts from some of Moore’s multimedia performances and songs, making this the Moore handbook.

Authors are Gary Spencer Millidge, who has behind-the-scenes knowledge of the comics industry, the writer, artist, and publisher of the comic Strangehaven, and Michael Moorcock, one of the most influential British authors of fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream literature.

The definitive book on Moore and his trailblazing works of visual storytelling, Alan Moore is a must-have for his fans and for anyone interested in the art of visual storytelling.

Business & Investing / Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business, 4th edition by Kenn Oberrecht (Home-Based Business Series: The Globe Perquot Press)

Wouldn't it be great to chuck the nine-to-five, be your own boss, and run your own business your way? No more long, boring, and costly commutes. No more workplace has­sles and politics. You'll start pocketing the profits instead of making profits for others. And take a day off now and then simply because you want to. It's possible, isn't it?

Of course it's possible. It's even probable, if you put your mind to it, research the prospects, develop a sound plan, and stay on course. What's more, it won't cost as much as you might think.

You no doubt already own some of the necessary equipment and can afford to buy the required materials. You possess important knowledge and experience in at least one craft, or you're willing to learn. Best of all, as a home-based entrepreneur, you won't have to bor­row a bundle to pay the lease on a shop downtown or at the mall. – from the book

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business contains the necessary tools and strategies readers will need to launch a successful business. Author Kenn Oberrecht, a successful home-based woodworker, shares his experiences and down-to-earth advice to help readers estimate their start-up costs, manage their cash flow, and stay profitable once they are in business. From painless record keeping to finding craft supplies on the Internet, his step-by-step methods are practical and easy to understand. Readers use his worksheets, quizzes, and checklists to turn a dream into a reality.
According to Oberrecht, any of these crafts can be the basis of a successful business: woodworking, basketry, jewelry making, silversmithing, pottery, leather craft, folk art, silk-screening, needle craft and more. Readers have access to these special features and workbook pages:

  • Quick Quiz for Artisans
  • Sample Business Plan
  • Market Survey for Retail Outlets
  • Sample Pricing Equation, Invoice, and Statement
  • Income/Expenses Worksheet
  • Profit-and-Loss Projection/Report
  • Computer Systems Comparison
  • Directory of Craft Associations, Suppliers, and Publications

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business is a book for artisans, but it's not about any specific craft. Rather, it covers the craft business and tells readers what they need to know about operating such a business from home.

In How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business readers find valuable business information and helpful tips and tricks that will take the edge off their fear and give them the courage to take the big step. Whether readers want to earn a living from their craft or just make some extra money, this guide can help them build their own home-based business. Comprehensive yet practical, step-by-step explanations give readers the tools to launch and grow the business.

Children’s Books / Animals / Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Warriors Super Edition: Crookedstar's Promise by Erin Hunter (Warriors Series: Harper)

I can give you everything you ever dreamed of, if you promise to be loyal to your clan above all other things. Do you make that promise? – from the book

A perilous promise in Warriors Super Edition: Crookedstar's Promise could prove to be his downfall…

Two healthy kits have just been born in RiverClan – Oakkit and Stormkit. The whole Clan rejoices, and no cat is more pleased than their mother, who immediately recognizes her kits’ innate skill and bravery.

But when tragedy befalls Stormkit and he is permanently disfigured, his mother renames him Crookedkit and casts him aside.

As the young cat grows in strength, he dreams of becoming Clan leader. Then a mysterious cat appears in his dreams, whispering of prophecies untold and destinies undiscovered. She proclaims that Crookedkit will have all that he desires – but he must pledge his undying loyalty to RiverClan.

As imagined in Crookedstar's Promise, no cat could ever have imagined the terror and destruction that would lie in that hastily made, seemingly harmless, promise.

Author Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having great respect for nature in all its forms, Hunter enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is the author of the bestselling Seekers Series in six volumes and now of the 1# national bestselling Warriors Series. First comes the first six volumes. Then the series includes series within itself: The New Prophecy (6 volumes, Power of Three (6 volumes) and Omen of the Stars (4 volumes) as well as Warriors Field Guide: Secrets of the Clans and three volumes of Warriors: Cast of the Clan, Code of the Clan, and Battles of the Clan. Other volumes in the Warriors Series, Warriors Super Edition include:

  • Firestar’s Quest
  • Bluestar’s Prophecy
  • Skyclan’s Destiny

Children’s Books / Animals / K-5

When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs, illustrated by John Butler (Sleeping Bear Press)
As told in When Anju Loved Being an Elephant, as a baby growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with her dear mother, herd-family, and best friend, Lali, Anju loved being an elephant. With its timbered jungles, cooling lakes, and refreshing mud holes, Anju was surrounded by family, nurtured and protected.

Always taken care of and protected, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.

That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus.

Anju spent decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds. After the circus, she was then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant. In her nearly fifty long years of captivity, chains and shackles were all Anju knew. Anju no longer loved being an elephant.

Now, Anju is old and tired. Her caretaker, Vincent, is taking her somewhere on a semi truck. Where is she going? Will she finally be happy? Will Anju ever love being an elephant again?

In this powerful story about the life and needs of a captive elephant, readers will connect with Anju and captive elephants around the world., wildlife illustrator John Butler complements author Wendy Henrichs's story beautifully with his lush, heartfelt paintings of one of the earth's finest creatures. When Anju Loved Being an Elephant is a timely, emotional story readers will not soon forget.

October 4th is World Animal Day (WAD). WAD, intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals, was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.

Readers can celebrate World Animal Day with a reading of When Anju Loved Being an Elephant. Back-matter provides factual information about elephants as well as suggestions for what readers can do to help elephants both in the U.S. and around the world.

Children’s Books / Teens / Fantasy and Science Fiction

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce (Random House Books for Young Readers)

New York Times bestselling writer Tamora Pierce captured the imagination of readers more than 20 years ago with Alanna: The First Adventure. She has written 16 books about the extraordinary kingdom of Tortall.

In Pierce's subsequent fifteen books set in this medieval realm, readers have gotten to know generations of families; legions of friends, foes, and fantastical creatures; and much about the history, magic, and spirit of this extraordinarily well-drawn locale.

But epics do not always provide the smaller, more intimate tales. Collected in Tortall and Other Lands are six wondrous shorter tales from the land of Tortall, featuring previously unknown characters as well as old friends. These stories, some of which have never been published before, will lead old fans and new readers more deeply into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.

There are four more fantasy tales not set in Tortall. Two are historical and set in an unknown town; one takes place in a remote desert; and one is set in a very well-known town, New York City, in our time. As a bonus, there's one non-fantasy set in contemporary Idaho that proves that Pierce's multilayered characters, finesse with dialogue, and impeccable storytelling are not limited to lands inhabited by dragons and magic.

Stories included in Tortall and Other Lands include:

  • The Dragon's Tale. Daine’s dragonling, Kitten, helps an outcast from society.
  • Elder Brother. A tree, made human by Numair, must learn the intricacies of being a man.
  • The Hidden Girl. Despite the laws of her patriarchal society, a girl wants to learn – and teach.
  • Huntress. A contemporary teen tries to fit in with the cool group at school, at a terrible price.
  • Lost. A darking shows a self-doubting math genius how smart she can be.
  • Mimic. Ri helps any wounded creature, no matter how ugly or strange.
  • Nawat. Nawat the crow-man faces a choice no father wants to make.
  • Plain Magic. What happens when you lose a lethal lottery?
  • Student of Ostriches. A young girl fights a proven warrior to protect her sister's honor.
  • Testing . When trying out a new housemother, how hard do you push?
  • Time of Proving. Arimu of the Wind People meets a poet from the Veiled City.

Few writers can envelop readers as completely as Pierce. This is an invitation to dive in to Tortall and Other Lands and get carried away.

Computers & Internet / Business & Culture / Criminology / True Crime

Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists, 2nd edition by J. A. Hitchcock, edited by Loraine Page with a foreword by Vinton Cerf (Information Today, Inc.)

Technology is emerging that will help to solve some of these prob­lems by allowing the serving hosts to verify, using digital signatures, that they are registered with legitimate certificate authorities. Software can automatically check these signatures to help users distinguish the real from the fake. But it won't hurt to become much more knowledgeable about how these attacks can happen, what they look like, and how to detect them.

Reading this book is a first step toward increasing your ability to stay safe in a cyberworld that has its dark side as well as its sunny one. We can all thank J. A. Hitchcock for taking the time and effort to produce this work and encourage her to carry on the effort as the Internet continues to evolve. – Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer, senior vice president of technology strategy for MCI

According to Hitchcock in Net Crimes & Misdemeanors, net crimes and misdemeanors are committed against more than 200,000 people a year, and the number is growing every day, according to statistics from the FBI and victim advocate organizations. It is estimated there are more than 1 billion people online worldwide. If only 1 percent become online victims – still more than 10 million people – a drop in the bucket as more people go online for the first time every day.

As the number of Web users continues to swell, so do the numbers of online opportunists, con artists, and miscreants. Recognizing this danger, J. A. Hitchcock has prepared a second edition of her book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors, reflecting new ways in which readers may encounter the dark side of global networking. The book provides a reader-friendly guide that helps Web users identify, avoid, and survive online predators and protect their families. Detailing a broad range of abusive practices, ordinary computer users will share in victims' stories and advice on how to handle Spam, viruses, hack attacks, identify scams such as phishing, and deal with privacy invasion, financial scams, cyber stalking, and identity theft, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors provides tips, strategies, and techniques that can be put to immediate use, as well as laws, organizations, and Web resources that can aid victims and help them fight back.

A one-time victim of cyberstalking who fought back and won, Hitchcock went on to become a leading victim's advocate who works with legislators and law enforcement to clamp down on cybercrime. She is an Internet crimes and security expert and president of WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse).

Net Crimes & Misdemeanors provides readers with insights into some of the ways in which predators and troublemakers may abuse the Internet, causing direct harm or at least psychological damage on other unsuspecting users. Many of the abuses are in principle no dif­ferent than those carried out with older technology (e.g., telephone, postal service). But the Internet has the distinguishing feature of having millions of computers connected to it. When a computer is invaded by software that turns it into a ‘cyberzombie’, it can be used.

Hitchcock offers first-class advice about ways to protect personal information and detect various kinds of fraud. Spam continues to plague the network but it is more dangerous now than ever. HTML or XML encoded e-mail can have executable code embedded in the e-mail or its attachments. Various forms of monitoring, including keyboard monitoring (capturing passwords, account numbers, and the like), are technically possible. The software makers, in their zeal to increase the flexibility of the Internet's services, have also increased the vulnerability of its users to these kinds of threats.

‘Social engineering’ refers to sending e-mail or posting Web pages or engaging in instant messaging with the intention of misleading the recipient into thinking the party communicating is legitimate, also called a ‘phishing’ expedition because the images and hyperlinks in the e-mail or Web page appear to point to the bank or company with which readers normally do business, but, in fact, the hyperlinks actually point to a computer that is pretending to be the legitimate server. Most legitimate businesses warn their users that under no circumstances will they ever ask online for their account number and password. (Except, of course, to log into the service – that's where the risk lies: How does one know whether they are connected to the real Web site or a fake?)

Each chapter of Net Crimes & Misdemeanors begins with an explanation of the chapter's focus – and sometimes a definition or two of online harassment terms – and includes one sample case or more to show that even smart folks can have bad experiences. This is followed by tips and advice from experts. In this second edition, two new chapters have been added to reflect changes in the networked landscape, and information has been updated throughout so that readers should be able to handle just about anything that can happen to them online. In addition, there is an official Web site for the book, where readers will find an updated list of links from the book and other links that may be of interest.

Shows how to recognize cybercrime, how to avoid it, how to defend yourself against it and where to get help when you need it ... an extensive list of resources you can contact if you are a victim, and a glossary for the newcomer. The tips, stories and insights make it an excellent introduction for the novice and expert alike. – The Electronic Library

I found helpful information on every page. This is a top-shelf addition to my 'due diligence' library. – Gene Galusha, Narrator, The New Detectives and Investigators

J. A. Hitchcock has produced an insightful book that is a must read for everyone who owns a computer. – Clive Cussler

Learn how to stay ahead of online criminals and use the Internet safely. A must-read … pick it up today! – Montel Williams

In this readable, reassuring and popular book, Hitchcock’s personal experiences lend credibility to the text and her concrete examples help readers formulate defenses to avoid becoming victims. Net Crimes & Misdemeanors, 2nd edition is loaded with tips, strategies, and techniques as well as pointers to the laws, organizations, and Web resources that can aid victims and help them fight back. It is written in language that is easy to understand if readers are not familiar with the online world, but it is not written so simply that experienced Internet users will find it too basic.

Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling

Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch by Rob Dobrenski (Lyons Press)

On a regular basis, Dr. Rob Dobrenski is asked "What's it really like to be a shrink, to help people with problems all day, to listen to others pour their hearts out to you?"

An average day in the life of a psychologist is a frenetic one. A 9 a.m. appointment to help a woman manage a husband who won't take out the garbage (at least with pants on) quickly shifts to a session with a convicted rapist at 10 am. After talking with a child about his fears of school an hour later, the psychologist then meets with a therapist to deal with his own fears, followed by lunch with his socially-phobic colleague who's already had four martinis by 1 p.m. All this, and it's only Monday.

Dobrenski, a licensed psychologist in the state of New York, shares a day in the life – and mind – of a mental health professional in Crazy.

What many people don't realize is that while the professionals are trying to help people resolve their problems, the therapists themselves are often depressed, anxious, and prone to panic attacks. They take antipsychotics, self-medicate with booze, and struggle in their own relationships. The ones who are providing the perspective are often the ones with the most on their plate. In short, they are just as ‘crazy’ as the patients.
Crazy is the story of how one mental health professional deals with his own personal problems and those of the people he treats. Part exposé and part memoir, it reveals what therapists really think about their profession, their colleagues, their patients, and their own lives.

"Being a psychologist can be many things," says Dobrenski. "It is daunting, humbling, gratifying, inspiring, depressing, yet sometimes bizarre and humorous. In short, it's the greatest job in the world." Crazy helps readers understand what happens ‘on the couch,’ learn a bit about people and what makes them tick, and see that mental health treatment is not for the ‘weak or crazy.’

The life, times, and thoughts of a New York therapist are put on display in a candid account of what goes on behind the doctor’s door – and in his head – during a day filled with patients and self-doubt. Tackling serious mental-health subjects without being overly reverent, shrinktalk.net blogger Dobrenski maintains a snappy pace. Patients are not spared his keen observations, which help to answer the vexing question: Am I paranoid, or does my shrink think I'm crazy – and sloppy?... But Dobrenski also puts himself under the microscope.... Clean, honest writing makes for an engaging read. – Kirkus Reviews

Most people who get into psychology as a profession do it because they're crazy, and it's their way of healing themselves. The problem is, they never admit this fact to themselves or to anyone else. Dr. Rob does what very few psychologists ever do: He looks at himself with the same eye for analysis that he uses for his patients. – Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

It takes a truckload of guts to write a book this honest about one’s profession. To pen one as funny and insightful as Crazy is, simply, amazing. You’ll never view therapy in the same light again. – The Philadelphia Lawyer, author of Happy Hour Is for Amateurs

If you ever wondered what your shrink was like out of office hours, then this is the book for you. A fascinating, thought-provoking and at times hilarious, read. – Robin Baker, author of Sperm Wars and Primal

Fun for anyone who’s wondered what it’s like to make a living by listening to other people’s troubles all day. – Library Journal

A refreshing memoir... a solid step in the right direction of reminding patients that treatment can be a two-way street. – Shelf Awareness

Ultimately, Dobrenski’s riveting, sometimes humorous, and deeply insightful Crazy brings readers to one oddly comforting conclusion – namely the therapist’s not-so-secret secret: We’re all crazy.

Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Psychology & Counseling

I Have a Voice: How to Stop Stuttering by Bob G. Bodenhamer, edited by Peter Young (Crown House Publishing Ltd.)

Stuttering has been in the shadows of public awareness for years. Sure, no one dies from stuttering, and it is not pervasive – only one percent of people stutter. It is a malady that has not received a great deal of attention, but stuttering is no longer in the shadows. In 2011, The King's Speech, a British historical drama, won an Academy Award, and made stuttering part of the public conversation. Moviegoers learned of the embarrassing pain that most People Who Stutter (PWS) suffer.

The movie is about the young man who became the King of England just prior to the Second World War. It reveals the painful experiences that stuttering created for him. But, even more than that, the speech trainer in the movie brings into focus this shocking fact: Stuttering is not about speech! It is about the ‘thinking’ that is mostly unconscious and in ‘the back of the mind’ of the PWS.

In I Have a Voice, Bob G. Bodenhamer, teacher at Gaston College, NLP trainer and co-founder of the Institute of Neuro-Semantics, details a completely new approach to treating this condition. It explains both the structure of stuttering and blocking and provides the cognitive tools for gaining more fluency. From identifying the origins of stuttering, through teaching how to think differently in working with stress, Bodenhamer provides a unique approach to achieving more fluency.

I Have a Voice is a compendium of concepts and tools that use the principles of Neuro-Semantics to reframe the mindset that leads to speech blocks. The book was originally published in hardcover under the title Mastering Blocking and Stuttering.

Practitioners will find resources for addressing the physical behaviors of their clients that are counter-productive to fluent speech, and they will have tools for addressing the habits of thought that shape their negative mind state – a major resource that has been lacking in the therapist's toolkit. Processes such as those for redefining self, altering states, reframing the meaning of stuttering, and remodeling behavior allow readers to follow a multi-dimensional approach. Those readers who stutter and are motivated to experiment with and explore their own stuttering will find in I Have a Voice workable tools for modifying their mind and emotional states. This, in turn, will help them to counter the feelings of helplessness which are so disempowering and which can make speaking such a troubling experience.

This book is an excellent resource for speech pathologists in working with the emotional aspects of stuttering. Bob uses clear language and gives great examples that make complex principles easy to understand. As a person who stutters, I am amazed at Bob's keen and accurate insight into the world of a stutterer without being a person who stutters. – Marilee L. Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP
At long last, speech language therapists and those who stutter have tools to address the most overlooked component of stuttering – the habits of thought that drive the speech block. The neuro-semantic processes described in this book will help the PWS to build a framework for fluency that can lead to permanent change. – John C. Harrison, National Stuttering Association

I would encourage anyone who stutters to rush to buy this book because it works! Bob Bodenhamer’s approach gets to the root of what drives people’s stuttering and offers a great collection of tools and ideas from NLP and elsewhere for finding fluency. It’s simply the best answer to stuttering around today. – Judy Apps, voice coach, trainer and speaker, author of Voice of Influence

This ground-breaking volume is aimed at both stutters and those who work with them such as therapists and speech pathologists, who will find the various neuro-semantic processes and tools in I Have a Voice extremely helpful.

History / Asia / Military

Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds by Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer (Bantam Books)

Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, all laced with treacherous irrigation ditches. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come.
Dispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack, Bradley’s Special Forces A-team and two others, along with their longtime Afghan Army allies, watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack. Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar. Bradley’s small detachment assaulted the hill and, in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight, soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters – from whom they seized an impossible victory.

Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalleled warrior with multiple deployments who has only recently returned from combat. Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened. The blistering trek across Afghanistan’s infamous Red Desert. The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban. The close relations with the Afghan people and army, a primary mission focus. Sperwan Ghar itself: unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades; a targeted truck turned into an inferno; the death trap of a cut-off compound. Most important: the men, Americans and Afghans alike – the ‘shaky’ medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon’s hands in battle; the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once; the soft-spoken intelligence officer with laser-sharp insight; the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath-sized heart; the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade – each unique, all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroism.

Bradley was wounded during the Battle of Sperwan Ghar in command of a Special Forces A-team. A native of North Carolina, he graduated from Mars Hill College and enlisted in the Army in 1993, serving as an infantryman for six years before earning his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1999. Kevin Maurer has been embedded as a reporter with the U.S. Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq more than a dozen times in the last five years.

Major Bradley in Lions of Kandahar speaks from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces soldier deeply embedded in the war and immersed in the Afghan culture, with unparalleled experience on the ground. According to Bradley, "this summer, the key battles in southern Afghanistan will be fought on the same battlefield as the battle of Sperwan Ghar. And there, in some way, the fate of the war will be decided. That will be where the Taliban will make its final stand."

Lions of Kandahar provides insight into this struggle through the lens of the battle for Sperwan Ghar – offering an intimate look at the workings of a Special Forces team in the unvarnished words of the troopers themselves.

Major Bradley wasn't sure he would make it out: "I remember during the battle thinking, `No one is ever going to believe this.' I wrote notes during the few lulls in the battle so that I could capture events in order to submit my soldiers for awards, and in case I did not survive." Those notes, and a subsequent series of interviews with co-author Kevin Maurer, became the basis for the book – the first ever on the battle for Sperwan Ghar.

A powerful and gripping account of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan.... Major Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer give readers a stirring inside look at the day-to-day operations of a Special Forces team – and what it takes to defeat insurgents hell-bent on regaining control of Afghanistan. With crisp writing and page-turning action, Lions of Kandahar is one of the best books written about the conflict. – Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and co-author of the critically acclaimed Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
A raw and authentic war story about untamed Green Berets in action. Bradley and Maurer crush it! Mr. President, grab a copy – this is a sure-bet Special Forces exit strategy. Unleash more of these brave lions across Afghanistan and America will win this war. – Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man
I have read this book three times and I am still chilled to the bone with every word. In Lions of Kandahar you will be riveted by the unabridged action of our real-life military heroes. It took a group of exceptional individuals to accomplish Operation Medusa. We as a nation can only pray we have half the guts and fortitude given selflessly every day on our behalf by the Army Special Forces. – Marshall R. Teague, actor; U.S. Navy (ret.)
The war in Afghanistan is made for Special Forces, but very little has been written about these soldiers since the initial attack on Afghanistan in 2001. Bradley and Maurer do a great job of showing how these elite units fight and why they are so important to the battle against the Taliban. Lions of Kandahar is a gripping, moving, and well-told war story. – Greg Jaffe, Washington Post reporter and co-author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, and War, Lions of Kandahar offers a riveting view of the war in Afghanistan from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces soldier. The book paints in vivid detail the struggle of the U.S. Army Special Forces Units not only to overcome their enemy, but to stay alive. Major Bradley's chilling first-hand account of the grim realities of war – and of an all-out vicious life-or-death firefight – will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. It is also an important addition to the literature on the war on terror.

History / Australia & Oceania / Social Sciences / Political Science / Government

The March of Patriots: The Struggle for Modern Australia by Paul Kelly (Melbourne University Press)

Unveiling the inside story of how Paul Keating and John Howard changed Australia, The March of Patriots presents these two personalities as conviction politicians, tribal warriors, and national interest patriots. Divided by belief, temperament, and party, they were united by generation, city, and the challenge to make Australia into a successful nation for the globalized age. The making of policy and the uses of power are explored, capturing the authentic nature of Australian politics as distinct from the polemics advanced by both sides. Focusing on how these prime ministers altered the nation's direction, this study also depicts how they redefined their parties and struggled over Australia's new economic, social, cultural, and foreign policy agendas.

A sequel to Paul Kelly's bestselling The End of Certainty, The March of Patriots is based on more than 100 interviews with the two key players, politicians, advisors, and public servants. Kelly, award-winning editor-at-large and the former editor-in-chief of The Australian, relies heavily on `on the record' disclosures and new documents from the period. Its theme is that Keating and Howard, as rivals and unrecognized collaborators, are best seen together, and that their legacy is impressive, contradictory and incomplete.

As told in the introduction to The March of Patriots, Paul Keating and John Howard were patriots at a time when patriotism had become unfashionable. The late-twentieth-century assault on national borders by technology and freer markets had bequeathed a strange and contradictory legacy – it made national leadership more important. Beyond their compulsion to win elections, Keating and Howard had a patriotic mission: to reshape Australia's political tradition for the transformed world they confronted.

The nation that Sir Robert Menzies had governed when they were young men was long gone. The task that befell Howard and Keating was to decide what to save from Australia's past and what to sacrifice. Keating and Howard were old-fashioned brawlers and passionate believers, the last in a dying species defined by their authenticity in a business burdened by spin, manipulation and gesture. They saw public life as an honorable calling and they were political warriors ruthless in pursuit of party interest. They luxuriated in the exercise of power – the power of nation, state and markets.

Forged in the distant 1950s and 1960s they gave their best years to public life – Keating spent 27 years and Howard 33 years in the national parliament. They were pragmatists and believers – pragmatists ready to break rules to win office and believers in their causes. Keating and Howard saw that globalization was making and breaking nations faster than at any stage in world history. As a stand-alone country of 20-million-plus people occupying a continent and without the option of political or economic union with comparable states, Australia was thrown upon its own resources for survival and success.

This meant that Keating and Howard were patriots in a new Australian project. The Australia they ran had to accept responsibility for its own future – demanding a new economic philosophy, a confident cultural ethos and a national strategy to guide its role in the world.

The modern age of politics has seen three completed prime ministerships – Bob Hawke, Keating and Howard. Building upon Hawke's foundations, Keating and Howard were pioneers and rivals in devising a model defined by free trade, competitiveness in world markets, a surplus budget, an independent central bank, an enterprise-based industrial culture, an immigrant ethos tied to an inclusive culture, retention of the egalitarian ethic, an Australian-made synthesis of a decent society and a strong economy, the search for reconciliation with the indigenous peoples, and entrenchment of a national interest strategy that reflected Australia's global interests and regional responsibilities. The proof of their new Australian model was Australia's superior position to the rest of the developed world at the outbreak of the 2008 global financial crisis.

The continuity within this nation-building era was provided by RG Menzies who retained and enhanced the Curtin legacy. Menzies' genius was to establish the Liberal Party and yet, upon becoming Prime Minister a second time in 1949, perpetuate most of the Labor policy structure that he inherited. Menzies brought to its zenith the Labor goal of civilizing capitalism while he became the oracle of Australian Liberalism, a duality that guaranteed him Labor's eternal hostility.

From 1983 Hawke's feat, with the help of Treasurer Keating, was to discern the exhaustion of the old era, redirect Australia towards sweeping new market-based policies and, critically, to win a series of elections that gave legitimacy to this direction. Without Hawke's political gifts, says The March of Patriots, Australia's 1980s transition would have been problematic. The unique status of the Hawke government flows from its positioning of Australia to succeed in the modern age. This agenda was refined and expanded by Keating and Howard. After Hawke's prior claims, they are co-architects of modern Australia. The fierce refusal of their polemicists to tolerate this idea does not gainsay its validity.

The Keating Howard era was framed by two forces that marked its 1991 inception – the end of the Cold War and Australia's most severe economic downturn since the 1930s. The death of Communism saw the triumph of capitalism in its century-long contest with socialism. This demoralized the Left worldwide, enshrined the political triumph of economic liberalism, coincided with and encouraged the emergence of capitalist models in China and India, and gave legitimacy to the idea that market forces promoted the public interest. These tides crossed Australia's shores and were surfed by Keating and Howard.

Even more significantly, Australia rose phoenix-like from the ashes of the early 1990s recession to enter a low inflation growth cycle of such robust resilience that it became the longest economic expansion in the nation's history. While this upturn proved of limited political benefit to Keating, it defined Howard's eleven years in office. The expansion transformed Australian society – it more than doubled the size of Australia's GDP, delivering vast increases in household incomes and wealth, jobs, corporate profits and investment returns. This shifted the nation's political culture towards markets, aspiration and enterprise while it generated an anxiety that Australia was losing its egalitarianism and social conscience.

Keating and Howard were party renovators. They came to renovate the crumbling ideologies of Labor and Liberal, plagued by ideological confusion and institutional apathy. That meant investing their parties with new faiths and new governing strategies. Keating fashioned a new Labor ideology for the modern age that he called the Big Picture – redefining the market as the friend of the battler, reforming Australia's economic institutions to succeed in an internationalized age, reshaping Australian identity by abandoning the Crown for a republic, reaching reconciliation with indigenous Australians, embracing engage­ment with Asia as a national aspiration and entrenching the concept of a multicultural yet united nation.

As told in The March of Patriots, Keating's Big Picture did not deliver success at the ballot box. For Keating, however, these ideas transcended the tyranny of the present. This is what made him such a political freak. He implanted his ideas on Labor's hill as a beacon to inspire future generations and to sustain Labor's soul. It was the ultimate hubris in the name of party. Keating was confident that as the years passed these beliefs, one by one, would become accepted Australian policy. His vision, he would say later, was for the future. Once he was rejected by the people in 1996, this argument became more attractive and most convenient.

Howard's redefinition of Australian Liberalism was the most important since Menzies founded the Liberal Party. Less dramatic than Keating's parallel effort, Howard waited for events with an intuition that leadership was most effective when reacting to opportunity: witness guns laws, the GST, Tampa, the East Timor intervention, the response to the 9/11 attack and WorkChoices.

Howard came to power aware that the 1960s social revolution that he opposed and 1980s economic revolution that he supported had detribalized Australian politics. Most forms of authority were under assault. His deepest insight was to discern the paradox of modernity – rapid change was coupled with nostalgia for the stability once delivered by traditional moral and cultural values.

The new Liberal Party ideology devised by Howard was based in economic liberalism, social conservatism, cultural traditionalism and national security vigilance. No other Liberal would have built this design. These four ideas were laced together by a rising nationalism – a step beyond patriotism – that Howard cultivated. This constituted the most contentious reinterpretation of Australian Liberalism in the party's history. Howard was a mix of conservative, liberal and populist, a conundrum that drove his critics to frenzy. The governing principle that guided Howard came directly from Menzies – the need to reach out and build a majority position for the Coalition since its loyalists were forever a minority.

While Keating shopped for ideas, Howard was weak at discussing ideas. In truth, Keating was intellectually curious and Howard was in­tellectually dogmatic. But both were governed by ideas. In the end, however, Keating and Howard died at the ballot box for their convictions. They were the last warriors from an age of passionate intensity.

Australian history from 1991 to 2007 is shaped by their absolute dominance of their governments according to The March of Patriots.

This project is marked by the sheer scale of its research, the sustained momentum of the narrative, the clarity of the analysis and the confident authority of the insider. – Paul Scheehan, The Sydney Morning Herald

A work of first-rate significance almost certain to provide the definitive account of Australian politics during the decade. – Robert Manne, The Monthly

No one from journalism, professional commentary or academia has come within a bull's roar of producing a work of such sweep and quality. – Paddy Gourley, The Canberra Times

This is a monumental account that will become a benchmark for future research. – Kevin Rudd at the Launch

The March of Patriots is brilliant – ambitious in scope and forensic in detail. In a tale of two governments and two remarkable leaders, Paul Keating and John Howard, Paul Kelly gets the key participants on the record about events that defined our nation. It is a fine work of analysis and storytelling. – Laurie Oakes, Channel Nine News

This is one of the most revealing books so far written on contemporary history in Australia. – Geoffrey Blainey, Weekend Australian

[Kelly] has woven this material into an excellent book which is surgical in the analysis of the tumultuous politics of the period. He combines a fascinating narrative and an analysis of contemporary politics. – Dean Jaensch, Adelaide Advertiser

The March of Patriots is a fascinating study of the modern Australian model and of the two men who built it. Based on a tremendous amount of research, it reveals the two in relation to each other.

History / Military / Weapons & Warfare

Battleground: The Greatest Tank Duels in History edited by Steven J. Zaloga (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

... it is not, of course, enough that the Tank offers protection to those who fight in it. A trench or a hole in the ground will do the same. But the Tank is essentially a mobile weapon of offense. It is the weapon for the nation that does not fight willingly, but when it fights, fights to win, and to win quickly with as little bloodshed as possible. – Major Clough Williams-Evans, The Tank Corps, 1919

Pivotal in land warfare from Blitzkrieg to the liberation of Kuwait, the tank was one of the 20th century’s greatest military innovations. Through analysis of some of history’s key armored clashes, Battleground documents the development of the tank and its place in the tapestry of military history. Author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank.
World War II saw the first major tank-on-tank engagements – from the Eastern Front clashes between massed Soviet T-34s and advanced German Panthers, to the duels between the legendary Tiger and the improvised Sherman Firefly in the battle for Normandy. When the Iron Curtain fell on the postwar world, the tanks of NATO and the Warsaw Pact would duel in proxy wars around the world.

Illustrated with rare photographs and meticulously researched digital artwork, Battleground examines not only technology and tactics, but the full range of factors influencing the outcome of tank combat. From total war on the Ukrainian steppe to hi-tech duels in the Iraqi desert, this is the story of head-to-head armored warfare.

The greatest tank duels in history, according to Battleground are:

  • T-34 vs Panther: Ukraine 1943
  • Tiger vs Sherman Firefly: Normandy 1944
  • M26 Pershing vs T-34-35: Korea 1950
  • Centurion vs T-55: Golan Heights 1973
  • M1 Abrams vs T-72: Desert Storm 1991

As told in Battleground, tanks were the signature weapon of land warfare in the 20th century. Although seldom the dominant land weapon in terms of the numbers employed, the casualties inflicted, or the terrain captured and held, it was their success or failure on the battleground that was often the decisive influence in many major land campaigns.

Tanks were developed during World War I as a riposte to the novel army technologies and tactics that led to the bloody stalemate of trench warfare. There were three new threats that had to be overcome: barbed wire, trenches, and the lethal increase in defensive firepower. These three adversaries were a synergistic combination that shifted the technological and tactical balance back to the defense and led to tactical stalemate. Barbed wire deprived the attacking side of mobility and left the attacking infantry vulnerable to enemy machine guns. Trenches provided the defender with the means to protect himself against attacking firepower, and the enhanced defensive firepower of 1914–18 made the advancing infantryman vulnerable at greater ranges than ever before. As they advanced towards enemy lines, the infantry had to endure artillery fire at longer ranges than was previously the case, and then to face the murderous scythe of machine guns and long-range rifle fire.

The technology and tactics of the tank reached maturity during World War II. Tank-versus-tank combat was a rarity until the 1940 battle of France. Most early tanks were not designed to fight enemy tanks, and their principal mission was to support the infantry in its timeless battlefield tasks. As tanks became more and more numerous by 1940, the probability of armored clashes greatly increased. Nevertheless, the armored clashes of the 1940 France campaign were fought between tanks that had not been optimized for tank-versus-tank action. In response to the lessons of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-38, the Polish campaign of 1939, and the battle of France in 1940, armies began to more seriously address the need to factor in tank-versus-tank fighting as a significant requirement for their new designs.

The Soviet T-34 tank, based heavily on the lessons of tank combat in the Spanish Civil War, became the benchmark tank design of World War II. It represented the essence of the ‘Holy Trinity’ of tank design – firepower, mobility and armored protection – in a simple and robust design that was well suited both to infantry cooperation and tank-versus-tank fighting. The Germans responded to the T-34 in a lopsided fashion. Their Tiger and Panther tanks were exceptionally well-suited to tank-versus-tank combat, but neither the Tiger nor the Panther were ideal for other aspects of tank warfare such as infantry support, and the proper balance of capabilities remained a central dilemma in tank design in the final years of the war.

The chapter in Battleground on the Korean War uses this regional conflict to compare Soviet and American design practices during World War II as a stepping stone to the development of tanks in the Cold War. The Korean War provides a useful perspective on some of the lessons of tank warfare in World War II – as well as highlighting the proliferation of tanks away from their origins in European warfare, as a critical weapon on the global battlefield.

The prevalence of tank-versus-tank combat has always been heavily dependent on the texture of the battlefield, whether it is open desert, built-up urban areas, or temperate farmland or forest. Tank-versus-tank combat has been especially dominant in desert warfare, as is examined in some detail in the final two sections of the book. The Yom Kippur War clashes between the Centurion and T-55 provide a perspective on the first postwar generation of main battle tanks, as well as the influence that the Arab-Israeli wars had on tank development in the broader Cold War context. Indeed, it can certainly be argued that the wars of 1967 and 1973 were instrumental in the design of the American MlAl Abrams and Soviet T-72 tank, which are profiled in the final chapter of Battleground on the tank battles of Desert Storm.

Fully illustrated with rare photographs and meticulously researched digital artwork, Battleground will appeal to military history buffs.

History / World / Canada

Acts of Occupation: Canada and Arctic Sovereignty, 1918-25 by Janice Cavell and Jeff Noakes (UBC Press)

As climate change threatens to open the Northwest Passage to ice-free travel, Canada's sovereignty over the Arctic has become more important to the Canadian government, military, and economy – and more contested by other nations.

A popular history, this volume illuminates a transformative period in the history of Canadian Arctic policy. In Acts of Occupation, historians Janice Cavell and Jeff Noakes tell readers the fascinating story of Canada's early days of Arctic policy.

Although Canada's claim to the Arctic archipelago is now firmly entrenched in the minds of most Canadians, less than a century ago, ownership of the Arctic was much less assured. Acts of Occupation pieces together the story of how the ambition of explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson ultimately led Canada to craft and defend a decisive policy on its claims to the Arctic. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped archival sources, including the private papers of explorers Shackleton, Rasmussen, and Stefansson, Cavell and Noakes show how unfounded paranoia about Danish designs on the north, fueled by Stefansson's deliberate dissembling of his own motives and by the fears of civil servant James Harkin, was the catalyst for Canada's active administrative occupation of the Arctic.

Cavell works in the Historical Section at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Noakes is a historian at the Canadian War Museum.

Acts of Occupation combines episodes of high drama from the closing years of what has been called the heroic age of polar exploration with the quieter, but no less fascinating, story of the Ottawa men who secured Canada’s title to the northern archipelago.

Acts of Occupation is an extremely valuable piece of scholarship that significantly expands our understanding of the historical roots of Arctic sovereignty debates. Grounded in impressive archival research, it gives a vivid sense of the high drama associated with early Arctic diplomacy. – John Sandlos, author of Hunters at the Margin: Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories

This book was a delight to read.... The authors have thrown a clear light on a very important period in Canadian foreign policy as it pertained to Arctic sovereignty. The topic is quite timely, in view of the current focus on sovereignty over Arctic waters and the seabed. – William Barr, Professor and Senior Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary

A tale of intrigue worthy of the best popular histories, Acts of Occupation throws new light on a transformative and under-studied period in Canadian Arctic policymaking. This engrossing book offers much-needed historical context for contemporary debates on northern sovereignty.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding: Basics, Borders, & Beyond by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges and Dianne Tobias (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Today, hooked and braided objects are less frequently made because of necessity. Instead, the techniques of hooking and braiding have ventured into the realm of ‘Craft’ or ‘Art.’ Crafters and artists are hooking and braiding because they enjoy fiber and using the traditional skills of yesteryear. Some enjoy learning new techniques that can create a useful object. Some enjoy giving beautiful, hand-crafted gifts, or filling their homes with textile art that complements their antiques.

Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding is for fiber artists, especially those looking for a guide to combining rug hooking and braiding skills into fascinating and creative projects.

The authors are Kris McDermet, who spent her career as an Occupational Therapist working in home care and teaching rug braiding and beginning rug hooking; Christine Manges, who practiced Obstetrics/Gynecology for fifteen years before retiring to be a rug braider; and Dianne Tobias, who is a Pharmacist by profession specializing in Geriatrics and Quality Improvement.

Filled with photographs and diagrams, the instruction in techniques is detailed with a range of skills for beginners and advanced artisans. Readers follow step-by-step instructions to learn how to make centers for rugs or other objects and then move into hooked borders and fancy braids. They learn how to make borders using both arts stacked in multiple layers. Three complete beginning-to-end projects are included that readers can use to practice the integration of hooking and braiding: a braided tote bag with a hooked pocket, a braided chair pad with a hooked border, and a lacy braided trivet. Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding is also filled with supply lists, a gallery, tips, FAQs, and resources.

The book is organized into centers and borders and describes how combination pieces can be made with these building blocks. Both hooking and braiding can be used as centers or borders. Rugs and wall hangings can include a combination of centers and borders, either hooked or braided. Borders can be layered, so that a piece of textile art is created by shifting back and forth between techniques.

The beginning portion of this book describes the basics of both hooking and braiding, discussing techniques, terminology, and supplies. Instructions are given for making both hooked and braided centers. Simple centers of various shapes are presented, which can become combination pieces by adding borders.

The latter portion of Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding covers more advanced skills, as the techniques for creating both hooked and braided borders are shown. Toward the end of the book, readers learn about embellishments and ‘off the floor’ pieces, in which both hooking and braiding are combined to make bags, trivets, table mats and runners, and baskets from wool and other fabrics.

Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding provides a clear and creative approach to combining rug hooking and braiding. The authors, all three talented designers as well as educators, make their instruction easy to follow.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn (William Morrow)

Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this experience to breathe new life into the contemporary spy novel.

Dunn paints a bracingly authentic picture of today’s secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap – and where violent death is the reward for being outplayed by the enemy.

In Spycatcher Dunn introduces Will Cochrane, a seasoned, battle-scarred agent, who doesn't play by the rules. His handlers can't control him. Terrorists can't outsmart him. Will, the CIA’s and MI6’s most prized asset and deadliest weapon, has known little outside this world since childhood. And he’s never been outplayed.

Will Cochrane is Spartan. MI6's Spartan Program allows one man to go through the program and, if he is not dead at the end of it, he carries the title Spartan. No others are allowed in the program while the current Spartan lives.

Will’s controllers task him with finding and neutralizing one of today’s most wanted terrorist masterminds. Will is a wild card, but his unpredictability may be the perfect weapon to bring down the terrorist, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general whose code name is Megiddo. And Will has his own reasons for catching this madman: He suspects that Megiddo is the man responsible for the horrific death of a special agent in Iran 25 years ago – a man Will can barely remember.

Intending to use someone from the man’s past to flush him out of the shadows, Will believes he has the perfect plan, but he soon discovers that his adversary has more surprises in store and is much more treacherous than anyone he has ever faced – and survived – up to now.

Will tracks down a woman who once had an affair with Megiddo, believing that she might be an ideal go-between in his elaborate plan to trap his prey. The woman is reluctant to contact Megiddo, but when she does, he suddenly seems ready to make his move. Just as he seems in Will's grasp, Megiddo's real plans are revealed, and it becomes a race to the finish across the capitals of Europe and the northeastern US to avoid an attack the likes of which the world has never seen.

This is twisty, cleverly crafted work. – Kirkus

British author Dunn draws on his real-life experience as an M16 agent for his strong spy thriller debut. ... readers will want to see more of his distinctive hero, `the ultimate killer of killers.' – Publishers Weekly

Great talent, great imagination, and real been-there, done‑that authenticity make this one of the year's best thriller debuts. Highly recommended. – Lee Child, author of Worth Dying For

A real spy proves he is a real writer – and a truly deft and inventive one. Spycatcher is a stunning debut. – Ted Bell, author of Warlord

Not since Fleming charged Bond with the safety of the world has the international secret agent mystique been so anchored with an insider’s reality. The pacing is frenetic, and the plotting is meticulous as it continually doubles back on itself. Don't start it unless you have time to finish. – Noah Boyd, author of Agent Z and The Bricklayer

Spycatcher is a terrific thriller with a superb new hero in superspy Will Cochrane. Written with confidence by a man with the credentials to back him up, Spycatcher oozes class. Bond and Bourne can take a backseat – Spartan is now on the case. – Matt Hilton, author of Dead Men’s Dust          

Once in a while an espionage novelist comes along who has the smack of utter authenticity. Few are as daring as Matthew Dunn, fewer still as up-to-date. This is not the Cold War. This is not even the last ten years; it is the CIA and MI6 as they are now. Is there anyone writing today who knows more about the day-to-day operations of intelligence agencies in the field than Matthew Dunn? – John Lawton, author of A Lily of the Field and Black Out

Spycatcher is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat page-turner. And Matthew Dunn is an explosive new talent. – Simon Kernick, author of Relentless

In Spycatcher Dunn delivers a gripping novel of espionage and revenge featuring a deft and daring superspy; and readers won't be able to resist him. The first in a series of Will Cochrane thrillers and the first in modern memory to be written by a former agent under his own name, Spycatcher marks the debut of a compelling and complex hero whose cold exterior hides a sensitivity and deep desire for vengeance. Through Dunn's insider perspective, readers get a rare look into the mind of a spy – and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to track down one of the world's most dangerous international criminals.

Literature & Fiction / U.S. / History & Criticism

Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee's Novel by Holly Virginia Blackford (The University of Tennessee Press)

How often does a novel earn its author both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to Harper Lee by George W. Bush in 2007, and a spot on a list of  '100 best gay and lesbian novels'? Clearly, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of race relations and coming of age in Depression-era Alabama, means many things to many people. In Mockingbird Passing, Holly Blackford invites readers to view Lee’s beloved novel in parallel with works by other iconic American writers – from Emerson, Whitman, Stowe, and Twain to James, Wharton, McCullers, Capote, and others. In the process, she locates the book amid contesting literary traditions while simultaneously exploring the rich ambiguities that define its characters.
Blackford, associate professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, finds the basis of Mockingbird’s broad appeal in its ability to embody the mainstream culture of romantics like Emerson and social reform writers like Stowe, even as alternative canons – southern gothic, deadpan humor, queer literatures, regional women’s novels – lurk in its subtexts. Central to her argument is the notion of ‘passing’: establishing an identity that conceals the inner self so that one can function within a closed social order. For example, the novel’s narrator, Scout, must suppress her natural tomboyishness to become a ‘lady.’ Meanwhile, Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, must contend with competing demands of thoughtfulness, self-reliance, and masculinity that ultimately stunt his effectiveness within an unjust society. Blackford in Mockingbird Passing charts the identity dilemmas of other key characters – the mysterious Boo Radley, the young outsider Dill (modeled on Lee’s lifelong friend Truman Capote), the oppressed victim Tom Robinson – in similarly intriguing ways. Queer characters cannot pass unless, like the narrator, Miss Maudie, and Cal, they split into the ‘modest double life.’

Articulate and lively. Fiction, criticism, and cultural contexts are gracefully blended. Students and scholars in a variety of fields such as the American novel, queer literature, and feminist literature will find [Mockingbird Passing] valuable. – Kathryn Seidel, author of The Southern Belle in the American Novel

Stands out as one of the finest single-book studies written in years.... Blackford combines literary history theoretical rigor, and carefully integrated close readings to produce a study that will have a lasting impact upon multiple fields.... This is one of the finest books I've read in years. – Gwen Athene Tarbox, author of The Clubwomen's Daughters: Collectivist Impulses in Progressive-Era Girls' Fiction

In uncovering To Kill a Mockingbird’s lively conversation with a diversity of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers and tracing the equally diverse journeys of its characters, Blackford in Mockingbird Passing offers a myriad of fresh insights into why the novel has retained its appeal for so many readers for over fifty years. At once Victorian, modern, and postmodern, Mockingbird passes in many canons.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Dermatology / Reference

Cancer of the Skin: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, June K. Robinson, MD, Merrick I. Ross, MD, Robert J. Friedman, MD, MSc (Med), Clay J. Cockerell, MD, Henry W. Lim, MD, Eggert Stockfleth, MD, PhD, & John M. Kirkwood, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Skin cancer rates are rising dramatically. In the United States each year there are over 2 million newly diagnosed cases – more than all other cancers combined. The public health ramifications are profound. Skin cancer, once viewed as a relatively uncommon disease limited to dermatologists and surgeons, is now being seen on a daily basis by primary care physicians, oncologists and other healthcare professionals. The resulting need to educate all of these groups on recognizing and managing patients with this cancer is also increasing.

Online and in print, Cancer of the Skin, edited by Drs. Rigel, Robinson, Ross, Friedman, Cockerell, Lim, Stockfleth, and Kirkwood, is clinicians’ complete, multimedia guide to early diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. Thoroughly updated with 11 new chapters, this broad-based, comprehensive reference provides clinicians with the latest information on clinical genetics and genomics of skin cancer, targeted therapy for melanoma, the Vitamin D debate concerning the risks and benefits of sun exposure, and other timely topics. A new, multi-disciplinary team of contributors and editors comprised of leading experts in the field offers diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices. The complete text – including 900 full-color, downloadable images and 6 procedural videos – can be accessed online.

With Cancer of the Skin clinicians are able to:

  • Broaden their understanding of all aspects of skin cancer – from the underlying biology to clinical manifestations of the disease to diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment – with this multimedia reference.
  • See conditions as they appear in practice with guidance from detailed full-color images and step-by-step procedural videos.
  • Stay current with the latest advancements and therapies.
  • Get diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices from a multi-disciplinary team of contributors comprised of leading experts.
  • Access the complete text online – including image bank and video library.
  • Diagnose skin cancer effectively using a multimedia reference with a multi-disciplinary approach and the latest content and techniques.

Editors of Cancer of the Skin, 2nd edition and their credentials are: Darrell S. Rigel, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center, New York; June K. Robinson, MD, Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago; Merrick Ross, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief, Melanoma Section, Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Robert J. Friedman, MD, MSc (Med), Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology; New York University School of Medicine, New York; Clay J. Cockerell, MD, Clinical Professor, Dermatology and Pathology; Director, Cockerell and Associates Dermpath Diagnostics; Director, Division of Dermatopathology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; Henry W. Lim, MD, Chairman and C. S. Livingood Chair, Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; Eggert Stockfleth, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, Head of Skin Cancer Center Charité, Vice-chair of Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergy Charité – University Medical Center Berlin, Berlin; and John M. Kirkwood, MD, Usher Professor of Medicine, Dermatology, and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh.

Contents of Cancer of the Skin include:

Part 1: Basic skin cancer biology and epidemiology

  1. The Biology of Skin Cancer Invasion and Metastasis – Ricardo L. Berrios and Jack L. Arbiser
  2. Genetics of Skin Cancer – Oscar R. Colegio and David J. Leffell
  3. The Biology of the Melanocyte – Julie V. Schaffer and Jean L. Bolognia
  4. Skin Cancer: Burden of Disease – Abrar Qureshi
  5. Epidemiology of Skin Cancer – Melody J. Eide and Martin A. Weinstock
  6. Etiological Factors in Skin Cancers: Environmental and Biological – Luigi Naldi, Drusilla Hufford, and Luke Hall-Jordan
  7. The Importance of Primary and Secondary Prevention Programs for Skin Cancer – June K. Robinson
  8. Chemoprevention of Skin Cancers – Marie-France Demierre and Michael Krathen
  9. Current Concepts in Photoprotection – Christopher T. Burnett, Darrell S. Rigel, and Henry W. Lim

Part 2: Non-melanoma

  1. Actinic Keratoses and Other Precursors of Keratinocytic Cutaneous Malignancies – Christina L. Warner and Clay J. Cockerell
  2. Basal Cell Carcinoma – Clay J. Cockerell, Kien T. Tran, John Carucci, Emily Tierney, Pearon Lang, John C. Maize Sr., and Darrell S. Rigel
  3. Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Sanjay Bhambri, Scott Dinehart, and Avani Bhambri
  4. Adnexal Carcinomas of the Skin – Sarah N. Walsh and Daniel J. Santa Cruz
  5. Paget's Disease – Gagik Oganesyan, S. Brian Jiang, and Dirk M. Elston
  6. Sarcomas of the Skin – Tawnya L. Bowles, Merrick I. Ross, and Alexander J. Lazar
  7. Kaposi's Sarcoma – Miguel Sanchez
  8. Merkel Cell Carcinoma – Jayasri G. Iyer, Renee Thibodeau, and Paul Nghiem
  9. Malignant Neoplasms: Vascular Differentiation – Omar P. Sangueza and Luis C. Recquena
  10. Cutaneous Neoplastic Disorders Related to HPV and HIV Infection – Kien T. Tran, Jane M. Grant-Kels, and Clay J. Cockerell
  11. Pseudolymphomas of the Skin – Lorenzo Cerroni and Helmut Kerl
  12. Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma: Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome – Brittany A. Zwischenberger, Amit G. Pandya, and Joan Guitart

Part 3: Melanoma and related melanocytic neoplasms

  1. Dysplastic Nevi – Holly Kanavy, Jennifer A. Stein, Edward Heilman, Michael K. Miller, David Poisky, and Robert J. Friedman
  2. Congenital Melanocytic Nevi – Julie V Schaffer, Harper N. Price, and Seth J. Orlow
  3. The Many Faces of Melanoma – Darrell S. Rigel
  4. The Importance of Early Detection of Melanoma, Physician and Self-Examination – Julie E. Russak, Darrell S. Rigel, and Robert J. Friedman
  5. Prognostic Factors and Staging in Melanoma – Jeffrey E. Gershenwald
  6. Pathology of Melanoma: Interpretation and New Concepts – Carlos Ricotti, Jennifer Cather, and Clay J. Cockerell
  7. Management of the Patient with Melanoma – Jacqueline M. Goulart and Allan C. Halpern
  8. Pregnancy and Melanoma – Marcia S. Driscoll and Jane M. Grant-Kels
  9. Genetic Testing for Melanoma – Wendy Kohlmann and Sancy A. Leachman

Part 4: Other cancers of the skin and related issues

  1. Spitz Nevus – Philip E. LeBoit
  2. Cutaneous Carcinogenesis Related to Dermatologic Therapy – Rebecca Kleinerman, Allison P. Weinkle, and Mark G. Lebwohl
  3. Genetic Disorders Predisposing to Skin Malignancy – Courtney Schadt and Jo-David Fine
  4. Dermatologic Manifestations of Internal Malignancy – Diana D. Antonovich, Bruce H. Thiers, and Jeffrey P. Callen
  5. Dermatologic Manifestations of Systemic Oncologic Therapy of Cutaneous Malignancies – Beth McLellan, Caroline Robert, and Mario E. Lacouture

Part 5: New approaches

  1. The Dermoscopic Patterns of Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer – Steven Q. Wang, Margaret C. Oliviero, and Harold S. Rabinovitz
  2. Computer-Aided Diagnosis for Cutaneous Melanoma – Sallyann Coleman King, Clara Curiel-Lewandowski, and Suephy C. Chen
  3. Confocal Microscopy in Skin Cancer – Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Harold S. Rabinovitz, Margaret Oliviero, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Salvador Gonzalez, and Alon Scope
  4. Clinical Genomics for Melanoma Detection – William Wachsman

Part 6: Therapeutic considerations in the management of patients with cancer of the skin

  1. Biopsy Techniques – Joseph F Sobanko, Justin J. Leitenberger, Neil A. Swanson, and Ken K. Lee
  2. Curettage and Electrodesiccation – Samuel F. Almquist, Oliver J. Wisco, and J. Michael Wentzell
  3. Cryosurgery – Paola Pasquali
  4. Topical Treatment of Skin Cancer – Victoria Williams, Theodore Rosen, Roger I. Ceilley, James Q. del Rosso, and Eggert Stockfleth
  5. Immune Response Modulators in the Treatment of Skin Cancer – Brian Berman, Martha Viera, Sadegh Amini, and Whitney Valins
  6. Photodynamic Therapy in Skin Cancer – Colin A. Morton
  7. Surgical Excision for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer – Sherrif F. Ibrahim and Marc D. Brown
  8. Mohs Surgery – Edward Upjohn and R. Stan Taylor
  9. Treatment of Disseminated Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers – Kathryn A. Gold and Merrill S. Kies
  10. Surgical Excision of Melanoma – Robert H.I. Andtbacka
  11. Regional Lymph Node Surgery in Melanoma Patients – Merrick I. Ross
  12. Reconstructive Surgery for Skin Cancer – Justin M. Sacks, Kriti Mohan, and Donald Baumann
  13. Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Skin Cancers – Jay S. Cooper
  14. Adjuvant Therapy for Cutaneous Melanoma – Ahmad A. Tarhini, Stergios J. Moschos, and John M. Kirkwood
  15. Vaccine Therapy for Melanoma – Amod A. Sarnaik, Nasreen Vohra, Shari Pilon-Thomas, and Vernon K. Sondak
  16. Targeted Therapy for Melanoma – Stergios Moschos
  17. Imaging Work-up of the Patient with Melanoma – Hussein Tawbi and John M. Kirkwood
  18. Treatment of Disseminated Melanoma – Jason L. Chang, Patrick A. Ott, and Anna C. Pavlick
  19. Management of Skin Cancer in the Immuno-compromised Patient – Thomas Stasko, Allison Hanlon, and Anna Clayton

Part 7: Other aspects of skin cancer

  1. Indoor Tanning – James M. Spencer and Darrell S. Rigel
  2. Vitamin D and UV: Risks and Benefits – Henry W. Urn, Wenfei Xie, and Darrell S. Rigel
  3. Photography in Skin Cancer Treatment – Bill Witmer and Peter Lebovitz
  4. Psychological Responses and Coping Strategies in Skin Cancer Patients – Nadine Angele Kasparian and Phyllis Nancy Butow
  5. Medical and Legal Aspects of Skin Cancer Patients – Abel Torres, Clay Cockerell, Jamison Strahan, and Tanya Nino

It is now over two decades ago that the seminal comprehensive text Cancer of the Skin was published. Cancer of the Skin is an update on the enormous progress that has been made on all levels, including clinical, therapeutic, epidemiologic, genetic and histopathologic, and on all levels of basic sciences with emphasis on neoplastic cellular biology.

A broad array of cancers of the skin is included in this comprehensive work. Special emphasis is placed on those cutaneous cancers that are particularly prevalent (e.g. basal cell carcinoma) and those which are responsible for the highest number of fatalities (e.g. melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma).

All of the clinical images are published in full color and of the highest quality. Major emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and man­agement of cutaneous malignancies so that readers are provided with the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic measures available to date for each type of skin cancer.

The advances that have occurred even in the past decade alone in our understanding of the basic biology, genetics, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer have been staggering. In sitting down to review the layout of Cancer of the Skin, the editors say they were amazed at the multitude of topics that had changed extensively or did not even exist for inclusion in the prior edition of the book. The advent of dermoscopy, confocal microscopy, computer-aided diagnosis, digital photographic documentation, topical immune response modulators, and advances in immunotherapy, lymph node biopsies, photoprotection agents and our understanding of the biologic basis of this cancer all demonstrate the incredible dynamism of this field. Social issues that have arisen such as genetic testing and the deleterious effects of tanning salons also emphasize the need to understand this cancer within a broader context. All of these topics are covered in depth in Cancer of the Skin to facilitate a wide-ranging understanding of skin neoplasms.

Primary prevention efforts are also becoming increasingly important. Skin cancer is one of the few cancers where we know the cause of the vast majority of neoplasms – excess ultraviolet exposure whether from the sun or artificial sources. Simple behavioral changes can lead to a significant decrease in a person's chance of developing skin cancer. An understanding of the mechanisms and risk factors of skin cancer are critical in counseling patients to facilitate prevention. Skin cancer is also one of the most clear-cut cases of a disease where early detection and treatment are critical. Skin cancers treated early are virtually 100% curable with simple therapies, while lesions that are advanced often have no effective treatment available. Therefore, the need for medical practitioners to be able to recognize and treat skin cancer in its earliest phase cannot be overstated.

The changing demographics of skin cancer have also led to a need to focus prevention efforts on subsets of the population and to alter therapy for these groups. The editors meet this need through providing information on such topics as the management of melanoma in the pregnant patient. To develop an inclusive understanding of skin cancer, one must remember that there are more than basal and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Cancer of the Skin provides an inclusive review of precursor lesions, other non-melanoma skin cancers and cutaneous neoplasms related to other disorders.

This book is an excellent primary resource for any physician seeking reliable and accessible information on cancer of the skin. It will also serve as a valuable ancillary resource for practitioners whose clinical duties involve the management of skin cancer, because it provides a thorough understanding of the biologic behavior, clinical presentation, and current treatment of malignant diseases of the skin. – NEJM, review of last edition

The backbone of Cancer of the Skin is the many authors whose broad experience in cutaneous etiology, and the therapeutic guidelines they have documented are valuable assets to any individual involved in the multi-disciplinary needs of these patients. Thus, Cancer of the Skin serves as a valuable resource not only to physicians but also to all others who deal with the consequences of malignant tumors of the skin. Clinicians will find this comprehensive textbook a valuable summary of the current knowledge gleaned by the literally thousands of years of combined clinical and therapeutic experience coupled with extensive reviews of literature by the multiple authors who have the very best of what is known today.

The volume meets the needs of practitioners in a format that is conducive to effectively transmitting relevant data to readers. Through the use of representative color clinical images, photomicrographs and flow diagrams, information on diagnosing and treating skin cancer is portrayed in an easy-to-understand manner.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Emergency

Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Joshua Broder, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

…I have no doubt that this text is destined to become one of our specialty's landmark textbooks, a classic that will be considered a must-have resource for all emergency physicians and emergency departments. My kudos go to Dr. Broder for his tremendous work. This textbook represents a valuable addition to the emergency medicine litera­ture…. – Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Director, Faculty Development Fellowship, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Although this quote originated in the advertising industry, it certainly applies to the field of medicine as well. Visual findings are the cornerstone of diagnosis for many medical conditions. One might argue, in fact, that the field of radiology was born out of the need to look beyond a patient's external findings – essentially, internal visual diagnosis – without the need for surgical exploration.

Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician, written and edited by a practicing emergency physician for emergency physicians, takes a step-by-step approach to the selection and interpretation of commonly ordered diagnostic imaging tests. Joshua Broder presents validated clinical decision rules, describes time-efficient approaches for the emergency physician to identify critical radiographic findings that impact clinical management and discusses hot topics such as radiation risks, oral and IV contrast in abdominal CT, and MRI versus CT for occult hip injury. Detailed explanations and numerous images – in print and online – help clinicians order and interpret studies, understand the radiologist's interpretations, and make the best choices for their patients. Broder, MD, FACEP, is Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Emergency Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

With Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician clinicians are able to:

  • Access the fully searchable text online, along with downloadable images suitable for use in educational presentations.
  • Choose the best test for each indication through clear explanations of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind emergency imaging.
  • Interpret head, spine, chest, and abdominal CT images using a detailed and efficient approach to time-sensitive emergency findings.
  • Stay on top of current developments in the field, including evidence-based analysis of tough controversies – such as indications for oral and IV contrast in abdominal CT and MRI versus CT for occult hip injury; high-risk pathology that can be missed by routine diagnostic imaging-including subarachnoid hemorrhage, bowel injury, mesenteric ischemia, and scaphoid fractures; radiation risks of diagnostic imaging – with practical summaries balancing the need for emergency diagnosis against long-terms risks.
  • Optimize diagnosis through evidence-based guidelines that assist clinicians in discussions with radiologists, coverage of the limits of ‘negative’ or ‘normal’ imaging studies for safe discharge, indications for contrast, and validated clinical decision rules that allow reduced use of diagnostic imaging.
  • Recognize findings and anatomy on radiographs for all major diagnostic modalities used in emergency medicine from more than 1000 images.
  • Find information quickly with streamlined content specific to emergency medicine written and edited by an emergency physician and organized by body system.

Contents of Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician include:

  1. Imaging the Head and Brain – with Robert Preston
  2. Imaging the Face
  3. Imaging the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine
  4. Imaging Soft Tissues of the Neck
  5. Imaging the Chest: The Chest Radiograph
  6. Imaging Chest Trauma
  7. Imaging of Pulmonary Embolism and Nontraumatic Aortic Pathology
  8. Cardiac Computed Tomography (abstract for online chapter)
  9. Imaging of Nontraumatic Abdominal Conditions
  10. Imaging Abdominal and Flank Trauma
  11. Imaging Abdominal Vascular Catastrophes
  12. Imaging the Genitourinary Tract
  13. Imaging the Extremities
  14. Emergency Department Applications of Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance
  15. Imaging: An Evidence-Based Assessment (abstract for online chapter)
  16. "Therapeutic Imaging": Image-Guided Therapies in Emergency Medicine (abstract for online chapter)

According to Amal Mattu in the preface, Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician covers every aspect of imaging, from head to toe, and from x-ray to CT to magnetic resonance imaging to US. Although there are several other textbooks on the market focused on emergency radiology, there are notable characteristics of this text that set it apart from the rest. The images in this text are outstanding in quality; these images tell the complete story. Readers will note that the images themselves contain text, arrows, highlights – all the usual features that other textbooks relegate to hard-to-read legends. Broder's textbook also is written in a prose that demonstrates the consistency of a single writer. Many other texts suffer from inconsistencies in writing style and image format from chapter to chapter because multiple authors are used.

Features of Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician include:

  1. Chapters organized by body region rather than by imaging modalities, conveying information tailored to the approach of an emergency physician in evaluating a patient.
  2. Annotated images, designed to allow clinicians to interpret imaging studies themselves and to understand the findings described by the radiologist. Each figure in the book can be used to understand a disease process without reference to the text. Whenever possible, Broder includes multiple imaging modalities from the same patient to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of different imaging techniques and to emphasize the similarities and differences in findings using different modalities. Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician illustrates only those findings that Broder himself could identify.
  3. Detailed strategies for the systematic interpretation of imaging studies, including computed tomography (CT). These discussions are meant to augment the information provided in the figure legends. Today's emergency physicians need to be able to recognize time-dependent conditions themselves, before the interpretation of a radiologist is available. His approach focuses on imaging findings requiring immediate interventions. Recognizing the time limits of emergency medicine practice, he encapsulates the discussions of important medical conditions so that each section stands alone. For readers with time to read whole sections, the discussion builds upon earlier sections, leading to a more advanced interpretation ability.
  4. Critical analysis of the evidence behind imaging techniques. Although this is not a book on research methodology, statistics, or evidence-based medicine, modern emergency physicians are sophisticated medical practitioners who need to know the reliability of the diagnostic strategies they employ. Without dwelling on technical detail, he uncovers weaknesses of evidence, particularly when these might mislead the physician, leading to misdiagnosis or unnecessary additional workup. He reviews some evidence-based medicine concepts when necessary to the discussion.
  5. Clinically oriented discussions of frequently asked questions Broder has encountered in his practice, such as the indications for oral and IV contrast in abdominal CT and the differences between CT pulmonary angiography and aortography. He equips the emergency physician with evidence to facilitate discussions with the radiologist. Throughout Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician, he highlights areas where strong evidence and expert consensus guidelines from major emergency medicine and radiology professional organizations support the elimination of contrast agents, potentially benefiting patients by reducing risks of allergy, contrast nephropathy, and diagnostic delay.
  6. Detailed discussions of the indications for diagnostic imaging and application of clinical decision rules to limit unnecessary diagnostic imaging and radiation exposure. Broder emphasizes areas in which clinical decision rules can achieve the goals of patient safety, faster throughput, decreased patient exposure to radiation, and reduced cost.
  7. Discussion of risks of ionizing radiation from diagnostic imaging. He says he had originally considered a separate chapter on radiation risks but instead chose to incorporate this discussion into each chapter on body regions. Emergency physicians need to understand the risks and benefits of diagnostic imaging, which has become a major source of radiation exposure in the U.S. population.
  8. Discussions of the economics of various imaging strategies. Because much of the diagnostic workup occurs in emergency departments today, a few hours in an emergency department can result in significant expenditures on diagnostic imaging. Knowledgeable emergency physicians can provide high-quality care while managing expense.

Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician is the ‘must-have’ resource for emergency physicians to make critical diagnostic imaging decisions. It makes optimal use of imaging modalities for emergency patients. Written by a master educator, the book teaches clinicians how to use and interpret images in the diagnosis of emergency conditions. Since the entire text was written by one person, it is a more integrated text than books with chapters authored by a multitude of practitioners. Broder provides clinical information valuable to practitioners at multiple levels of training, with or without prior training in diagnostic imaging. Broder’s writing style, like his teaching style, is simple, practical, and understandable, smooth, and unambiguous; and the image qual­ity is consistent throughout the text. Broder provides clear direction for how and when to order specific tests, and he systematically describes how to read CTs. Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician differs from other available texts also in that it is targeted to the specific needs of board-certified emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents, and students interested in emergency medicine. This book may also serve providers attending to patients in urgent and emergent settings.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Reference

Goldman's Cecil Medicine: Expert Consult Premium Edition, 24th edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print, Single Volume (Goldman, Cecil Medicine: Text W/ Continually Updated Online) edited by Lee Goldman, MD and Andrew I. Schafer, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

This 24th Edition of Goldman's Cecil Medicine symbolizes a time of extraordinary advances in medicine and in technological innovations for the dissemination of information. This textbook and its associated electronic products incorporate the latest medical knowledge in formats that are designed to appeal to learners who prefer to access information in a variety of ways.

Since 1927, Goldman's Cecil Medicine in its many editions has been the world's most influential internal medicine reference. Edited by Lee Goldman, MD and Andrew I. Schafer, MD, with associate editors and contributors who number among the most recognized and respected authorities in the field, Cecil sets the standard for all other resources of its kind. This multi-media reference is the fastest and best place to find all of the authoritative, state-of-the-art clinical answers clinicians need. Definitive, unbiased, evidence-based guidance is at their fingertips in print and online, with regular updates by Goldman to ensure that the content is as current as the day it was published. Goldman's Cecil Medicine helps readers understand, diagnose, and treat any medical disorder they encounter in practice. Its focused coverage integrates the latest developments in biology with current evidence-based diagnosis and therapy – including medication doses. A masterfully organized format delivers fast access to the actionable information clinicians need.

Editors are Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University, Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York; and Andrew I. Schafer, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, The E. Hugh Luckey Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Physician-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York. New associate editors are Wendy Levinson, Donald W. Landry, Anil Rustgi, and W Michael Scheld, and returning associate editors are William P. Arend, James O. Armitage, David Clemmons, Jeffrey M. Drazen, and Robert C. Griggs. The massive volume contains 28 sections and 450 chapters.

With Goldman's Cecil Medicine clinicians are able to:

  • Stay on the cutting edge with updates personally selected by Goldman and regularly integrated directly into each chapter online.
  • Simplify and expedite decision making with templated chapters that include evidence-ranked references and algorithms to make clinically essential information leap off the page.
  • Access the fully searchable text anywhere, anytime.
  • Stay current with the latest knowledge and evidence-based practices. Comprehensive updates throughout include a brand-new chapter on "Applications of Molecular Technologies to Clinical Medicine," a completely revamped section on infectious diseases, and coverage of the latest cardiovascular techniques and treatments.
  • Be certain with expert, dependable, accurate answers from Goldman and an editorial team that is a veritable ‘who's who’ of modern medicine. Almost all contributors currently hold positions as Chairs of Internal Medicine departments around the U.S. and Canada and all are at the forefront of their respective subspecialty areas.
  • Reference information quickly thanks to a new, streamlined print format and easily searchable online access to supplemental figures, tables, algorithms, additional references, and expanded discussions as well as procedural videos, Seldom Asked Questions, and case studies.

The contents of Goldman's Cecil Medicine have remained true to the tradition of a comprehensive textbook of medicine that carefully explains the why (the underlying normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, now at the cellular and molecular as well as the organ level) and the how (now frequently based on Grade A evidence from randomized controlled trials). Descriptions of physiology and pathophysiology include the latest genetic advances in a practical format that strives to be useful to the nonexpert.

Medicine has entered an era when the acuity of illness and the limited time available to evaluate a patient have diminished the ability of physicians to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. As a result, the acquisition of information, quite easily achieved in this era, is confused with knowledge. Goldman and Schafer counteract this tendency with a textbook that not only informs but also stimulates new questions and gives a glimpse of the future path to new knowledge. Grade A evidence is specifically highlighted in the text and referenced at the end of each chapter. In addition to the information provided in the textbook, the Cecil website supplies expanded content and functionality. In many cases, the full articles referenced in each chapter can be accessed from the Cecil website.

The sections for each organ system begin with a chapter that summarizes an approach to patients with key symptoms, signs, or laboratory abnormalities associated with dysfunction of that organ system. Goldman's Cecil Medicine specifically provides clear, concise information regarding how a physician should approach more than 100 common symptoms, signs, and laboratory abnormalities, usually with a flow diagram, a table, or both for easy reference. In this way, Cecil remains a comprehensive text to guide diagnosis and therapy, not only for patients with suspected or known diseases but also for patients who may have undiagnosed abnormalities that require an initial evaluation.

In Goldman's Cecil Medicine all chapters are written by distinguished experts in each field. More successfully than other resources, Goldman's Cecil Medicine – the best internal medicine resource available since 1927 – far exceeds the competition in versatility, ease-of-use and up-to-datedness. This dynamic, multi-media reference – with its practical, straight-forward style, accessible organization, evidence-ranked references, and robust online content – is the fastest and best place to find authoritative, state-of-the-art clinical answers clinicians need. The volume provides definitive, unbiased, evidence-based guidance at one’s fingertips. The masterfully organized format delivers fast access to the actionable information clinicians need.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty with DVD by Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Mark R. Murphy, MD, Calvin M. Johnson Jr., MD and William Numa, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty is a concise yet comprehensive, multi-authored, multi-specialty surgical text and video atlas that provides the guidance clinicians need to get the best outcomes in rhinoplasty. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS and other leading experts guide clinicians through both open and endonasal primary and secondary rhinoplasty techniques with the use of step-by-step procedures, color line drawings, intraoperative photographs, and narrated videos on DVD.

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty allows clinicians to:

  • Perform the latest open and endonasal techniques for both primary and revision rhinoplasty and give patients the outstanding results they demand.
  • Choose the most promising approach based on multiple expert viewpoints on the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
  • Review history, personal philosophy, anatomy, preoperative analysis, technique, and postoperative care, and complication avoidance for each procedure – all the information clinicians need to get the best outcomes.
  • Master the nuances of each new technique through step-by-step instructions and detailed line drawings and intraoperative photographs.
  • Watch master surgeons perform techniques in narrated videos on the included DVD.
  • Tap into the experience and expertise of leading reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgeons.

Authors are Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director, The Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, Associate Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Attending Surgeon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills; Mark R. Murphy, MD, Director, Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgery, Palm Beach Gardens; Calvin M. Johnson, Jr., MD, FACS, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, Director, Hedgewood Surgical Center, New Orleans; and William Numa, MD, FACS, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Director, Beacon Facial Plastic Surgery, Boston.

Chapters in Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty include:

  1. A History of Modern-Day Rhinoplasty
  2. Surgical Anatomy and Physiology of the Nose
  3. Nasal Analysis
  4. The Psychology of Rhinoplasty: Lessons Learned from Fellowship
  5. Primary Open Structure Rhinoplasty     
  6. Primary Endonasal Rhinoplasty: Double-Dome Technique via Intercartilaginous Dome
  7. Secondary Rhinoplasty via the External Approach        
  8. Endonasal Rhinoplasty: Transcartilaginous Approach
  9. Reducing Complications in Rhinoplasty
  10. Nasal Osteotomies
  11. Cartilage Crafting in Rhinoplasty: and Nasal Reconstruction      
  12. The Middle Vault: Upper Lateral Cartilage Modifications          
  13. The Mobile Tripod Technique: A Universal Approach to Nasal Tip Modification
  14. Suturing Techniques to Refine the Nasal Tip
  15. Rib Crafting Simplified
  16. Ca1varial Bone Grafting in Rhinoplasty
  17. Mandibular Implants
  18. Alloplasts in Nasal Surgery
  19. Correction of the Pinched Nasal Tip Deformity
  20. Postrhinoplasty Nasal Lobule Deformities: Open Approach      
  21. The Management of' Alar-Colunlellar Disproportion
  22. Evaluation and Correction of the Crooked Nose
  23. Saddle Nose Deformity
  24. The Large Nose
  25. The Underprojected Nose and Ptotic Tip
  26. Thin Skill Rhinoplasty: Aesthetic Considerations and Surgical Approach
  27. The Thick-Skinned Rhinoplasty Patient
  28. Short Nose
  29. Asian Rhinoplasty
  30. African American Rhinoplasty
  31. Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
  32. Mestizo Rhinoplasty
  33. Rhinoplasty in the Aging Patient
  34. Cleft Lip Rhinoplasty   
  35. Nasal Airway Obstruction
  36. Nasal Reconstruction   
  37. Nasal Septa! Perforation Repair
  38. Repair of Acute Nasal Fracture

When deciding to embark on this project, the authors say they set out to delineate a comprehensive book demonstrating conventional as well as alternative and competing techniques and concepts in rhinoplasty. Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty compiles a number of different rhinoplasty techniques. The authors selected contributing authors from different backgrounds based on their accomplishments and expertise in rhinoplasty. Only time-tested techniques are presented in the text to ensure that both young and experienced surgeons can master the essentials and subtleties of aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty.

Some techniques described in the book are more technically challenging to execute than others, and some may require more patience, skill, or practice. Some techniques are more predictable and leave less of the final surgical outcome to the seemingly capricious nature of the contracture associated with the cicatricia1 healing process, and yet some others may even fall into disfavor with time because of dissatisfaction with their long-term outcome after a seeming excellent short-term result. However, all the techniques described in Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty constitute an integral part of the constant learning process associated with becoming students with voracious appetites for the art and science of rhinoplasty.

Once readers assimilate the foundations of the applied basic sciences, the different surgical techniques, personal preferences, and the rationale for those preferences, the surgical process is described in detail through text, illustrations, intraoperative photographs, and a highly detailed comprehensive surgical atlas on DVD.

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty allows clinicians to perfect the latest rhinoplasty techniques. Leading experts in the field help clinicians achieve the best possible outcomes. Multiple viewpoints give readers choices and step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings and videos help them visualize procedures.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery / Reference

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by James I. Cohen, MD, PhD, FACS and Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Learning how to do an operation can be a daunting task, whether as a first-year resident preparing the night before a case never previously encountered or as a surgeon in a busy practice faced with incorporating a new technique or technology into his or her surgical repertoire. Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery acknowledges the realities of how this process occurs.

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery by Drs. James I. Cohen and Gary L. Clayman, delivers unparalleled visual guidance and insight to help clinicians master the most important and cutting-edge head and neck procedures. Consistent black-and-white drawings and detailed text lead them through the steps of the standard operations, while commentary from leading experts presents alternative techniques – complete with explanations about the differences, nuances, pearls, and pitfalls of each approach. Both in print and online, Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery captures groundbreaking techniques such as video-assisted thyroid and parathyroid surgeries; transoral laser surgeries; and robotic surgeries.

Editors are James I. Cohen, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery, Chief Otolaryngology/ Assistant Chief Surgery, Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, and Gary L. Clayman, MD, DMD, FACS, Alando J. Ballantyne Distinguished Chair of Head and Neck Surgery, Professor of Surgery and Cancer Biology, Director of Interdisciplinary Program in Head and Neck Oncology, Chief, Section of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery, Deputy Head Division of Surgery, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Associate editors are Peter E. Andersen, MD; Ehab Hanna, MD, FACS; F. Christopher Holsinger, MD, FACS; William M. Lydiatt, MD, FACS; Joshua S. Schindler, MD; and Mark K. Was, MD, FACS, FRCSC.

With Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery clinicians are able to:

  • Understand how to proceed thanks to an abundance of explicit illustrations and detailed text that take them from one step to the next.
  • Quickly find the information they need to make decisions. Relevant indications/contraindications, pre-operative considerations, and post operative management are presented in an accessible format.
  • Discern the nuances and understand the differences between standard operations and alternate techniques.
  • Master new procedures such as video-assisted thyroid and parathyroid surgeries; transoral laser surgeries; and robotic surgeries. Section editor F. Christopher Holsinger, MD, FACS, is at the forefront of many of these techniques, some of which are illustrated for the first time.
  • Learn from some of the best – Experts from the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) share their innovative approaches to the surgical techniques and complications management most frequently seen in practice.
  • Access the fully searchable text online.
  • Understand specific variations in anatomy as they apply to each procedure.
  • Master the most important head and neck procedures with step-by-step guidance and expert commentaries that provide multiple perspectives on each procedure.

Contents of Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery include:

Unit I. Benign Upper Aerodigestive Disease

    Section A. Adult Endoscopy

  1. Clinical Diagnostic Nasopharyngoscopy – Joshua S. Schindler
  2. Diagnostic Clinical Pharyngoscopy and Laryngoscopy – Schindler
  3. Operative Pharyngoscopy and Laryngoscopy – Schindler
  4. Operative Esophagoscopy and Percutaneous Gastrostomy – Schindler
  5. Operative Bronchoscopy – Schindler

    Section B. Airway Operations

  1. Tracheotomy – James I. Cohen
  2. Laryngotracheal Reconstruction for Subglottic and Proximal Tracheal Stenosis – Henry A. Milczuk
  3. Cricotracheal Resection for Subglottic Stenosis – Peter E. Andersen
  4. Surgery for Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis – Schindler
  5. Excision of Saccular Cysts and Laryngoceles - Schindler

Section C. Neck

  1. Drainage of Deep Space Neck Infections – Cohen
  2. Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Excision (Sistrunk Procedure) – Cohen
  3. Branchial Cleft Cyst Excision – Cohen

Section D. Pharyngeal Operations

  1. Operations on the Cervical Esophagus and Cervical Spine – Cohen
  2. Cricopharyngeal Myotomy and Surgical Management of Zenker's Diverticulum – Cohen
  3. Defatting Tracheotomy – Cohen

Unit II. Neck and Salivary Gland

Section A. Neck Dissection

  1. Radical Neck Dissection – Andersen
  2. Modified Radical Neck Dissection – Andersen
  3. Selective Neck Dissection, Levels I-III (Supraomohyoid Neck Dissection) – Andersen
  4. Selective Neck Dissection, Levels I-IV and II-IV (Anterolateral and Lateral Neck Dissection) – Andersen
  5. Posterolateral Neck Dissection – Andersen
  6. Retropharyngeal Lymph Node Dissection – Cohen
  7. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy – Andersen

Section B. Salivary Gland Operations

  1. Superficial Parotidectomy – Andersen
  2. Submandibular Gland Excision – Andersen
  3. Excision of Ranula – Andersen
  4. Parapharyngeal Space Tumor – Andersen
  5. Resection of Carotid Body Tumor – Andersen

Unit III. Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Operations

Section A. Transoral

  1. Transoral Resections – William M. Lydiatt
  2. Extended Approaches to the Oropharynx: Mandibular Swing and Cheek Flap – Lydiatt
  3. Transoral Robotic Surgery – Neil D. Gross

Section B. Operations on the Mandible and Maxilla

  1. Composite Resection with Segment Mandibulectomy – William M. Lydiatt
  2. Transhyoid and Lateral Pharyngotomy - William M. Lydiatt and Daniel D. Lydiatt

Unit IV. Laryngopharyngeal Operations

Section A. Laryngectomy

  1. Exam under Anesthesia for the Patient with Cancer: Direct Laryngopharyngoscopy and Mucosal Tatouage – F. Christopher Holsinger and Ol1ivier Laccourreye
  2. Horizontal Supraglottic Laryngectomy – Giuseppe Spriano, Paolo Ruscito, and Raul Pellini
  3. Supracricoid Partial Laryngectomy with Cricohyoidopexy or Cricohyoidoepiglottopexy – Holsinger, Kitti Jantharapattana, Gregory S. Weinstein and Laccourreye
  4. Total Laryngectomy – Holsinger and Mihir K. Bhayani
  5. Stomaplasty for Hands-Free Voice with Tracheoesophageal Puncture – Greg Reece
  6. Tracheoesophageal Puncture in the Clinic via Transnasal Esophagoscopy – Bhayani and Holsinger

Section B. Transoral Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery

  1. Transoral Laser Microsurgery: Supraglottic Laryngectomy – Holsinger
  2. Transoral Laser Resection of Glottic Tumors – Apostolos Christopoulos, Holsinger, and Robert L. Ferris

Unit V. Skull Base

Section A. Paranasal Sinus Operations

  1. Transfacial Approaches: Lateral Rhinotomy and Weber-Fergusson – Ehab Hanna
  2. Maxillectomy – Hanna
  3. Craniofacial Resection – Hanna
  4. Lateral and Subtotal Temporal Bone Resection – Paul W. Gidley

Unit VI. Thyroid and Parathyroid

Section A. Thyroid Operations

  1. Thyroid Lobectomy and Isthmusectomy – Gary L. Clayman
  2. Subtotal and Total Thyroidectomy – Clayman
  3. Video-Assisted Thyroidectomy – Clayman
  4. Robotic Thyroidectomy: Surgical Technique for Lobectomy via Axillary Incision without Carbon Dioxide Insufflation – Holsinger, Mark E. Zafereo, and Woong Youn Chung
  5. Paratracheal and Superior Mediastir Dissection (Transcervical) – Clayman
  6. Transcervical Thymectomy and Superior Mediastinal Dissection – Clayman

Section B. Parathyroid Operations

  1. Targeted Parathyroidectomy – Clayman
  2. Open Parathyroidectomy – Clayman
  3. Video-Assisted Parathyroidectomy – Clayman

Unit VII. Basic Reconstructive Flaps

Section A. Skin Grafts

  1. Split-Thickness Skin Graft - Mark K. Wax

Section B. Pedicled Flaps

  1. Cervicofacial Rotation Flap – Wax
  2. Deltopectoral Flap – Wax
  3. Pectoralis Major Myocutaneous Flap – Wax
  4. Trapezius Flap – Wax
  5. Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flap – Wax

Section C. Neural Reconstruction

  1. Neural Reconstruction – Wax

Over time, an increased understanding of the logic behind the steps of these surgical procedures and their sequence will be acquired, and this is where most surgical atlases stop. However different surgeons perform the same operations in different ways, and these different techniques can work equally well. Although this can be confusing and disconcerting to early trainees as they work with different attending staff or preceptors, ultimately, being able to reconcile the success of these different approaches requires a firm grasp of the unifying concepts behind any procedure. Helping clinicians reach this level while still supporting the early phases of learning is the goal of Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery.

According to Cohn and Clayman, with the chapters assembled with their artwork, each chapter was sent to two to four surgeons with known expertise in the subject matter. They were asked to interject commentary into the chapter wherever they thought appropriate, whether to provide emphasis, clarification, or alternate strategics. This commentary is provided in essentially unedited form, interposed in the original author's text, because Cohen and Chapman thought that this would best simulate a ‘virtual conversation’ taking place around an operation, such as one that would occur at a surgical technique meeting session where a panel is asked to discuss a given operation. At the end of many of the chapters, the authors provide summary comments, when applicable, that seek to clarify common themes, reconcile significant conflicts, or emphasize critical issues.

Through the use of different fonts, color schemes, and paragraph structure, the publisher has preserved the concept of the sequence of the writing process. This allows readers, depending on their knowledge base or time constraints, to read (or reread) the operation at the most appropriate level for their need. It allows a logical sequence of knowledge acquisition, whether it be rudimentary memorization, review of the steps, a more in-depth understanding of the logic of these steps, or an analysis of the guiding principles that underpin the operation as a whole, through the commentary.

In print or online, this surgical technique reference is a resource for planning and performing successful head and neck surgery or preparing for the head and neck portion of the Otolaryngology boards. Concise yet complete, easily accessible, Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery provides expert, step-by-step guidance on the latest head and neck procedures. Authors break down the operations into their component steps, much as they would direct early learners the first time through the procedures in the operating room. The framework is useful not only for the operations outlined in Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery but also for a lifelong learning process that will allow for the newer techniques and technology that clinicians must confront over the course of our professional lives.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Gastroenterology / Hepatology / Reference

Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD, PhD and Elizabeth Montgomery, MD, series editor, John R. Goldblum (Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, a title in the Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology series, provides the essential information on the pathological entities encountered in practice in an easy-to-use format. Drs. Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue and Elizabeth Montgomery examine the full scope of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including disorders of the tubular gastrointestinal tract, pancreatobiliary tree, and liver – from clinical features and ancillary studies to differential diagnoses and prognostic and therapeutic considerations.

Iacobuzio-Donahue is Associate Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Surgery and Montgomery is Professor of Pathology, Oncology, and Orthopedic Surgery, both at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Department of Pathology, Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, Baltimore. The series editor is John R. Goldblum, MD, FCAP, FASCP, FACG, Chairman, Department of Anatomic Pathology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

The majority of images presented are new in this 2nd edition, and original material was prepared by the authors solely for this publication. The format for each chapter follows a template to ensure ease of use, standardization of information presented, and completeness of each chapter. With Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, clinicians are able to:

  • Get the full range of coverage on neoplastic and non-neoplastic gastrointestinal/liver conditions in a consistent, user-friendly format.
  • Catch all the nuances of how pathological entities present through over 850 full-color illustrations.
  • Reference key information thanks to at-a-glance boxes and tables throughout the text; additional fact sheets and pathologic features boxes have been added.
  • Access the fully searchable text online, along with a downloadable image bank.
  • Stay current with the latest in molecular diagnostic techniques through a new chapter on this increasingly important topic.
  • Find information on lymphoid neoplasms of the GI tract more easily with coverage consolidated into a new, focused chapter.
  • Identify newly described entities highlighted in updated images and references.
  • Enhance their visual understanding from 100 new clinical and photomicroscopic images.

According to Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, the study and practice of anatomic pathology are both exciting and overwhelming. Surgical pathology, with all of the subspecialties it encompasses, and cytopathology have become increasingly complex and sophisticated, particularly with the incorporation of molecular pathology. It is simply not possible for any single individual to master all of the skills and knowledge required to perform these tasks at the highest level. Simply being able to make a correct diagnosis is challenging enough, but the standard of care has far surpassed merely providing a diagnosis. Pathologists are now asked to provide large amounts of ancillary information, both diagnostic and prognostic, often on small amounts of tissue, a task that can be daunting even to the most experienced surgical pathologist.

Although large general surgical pathology textbooks are useful resources, by necessity they could not possibly cover many of the aspects that pathologists need to know and include in their diagnostic reports. Hence the concept behind the Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology series was born.

This edition of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology is organized in 21 chapters covering all of the major problems encountered in gastrointestinal pathology. There are separate chapters that describe the non­neoplastic and neoplastic conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, appendix, colon, and anus. Separate chapters on mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, infectious diseases of the colon, idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease, other inflammatory or iatrogenic colitides, and polyps and polyposis syndromes allow for the necessary depth to cover these broad topics. In addition, pathology of the gallbladder, extrahepatic bile ducts, and pancreas are covered in separate chapters, each of which provides the essential information and nuances of the organ that is covered. The last four chapters of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology cover metabolic and toxic conditions of the liver, inflammatory and infectious diseases of the liver, liver neoplasms, and gastrointestinal lymphomas.

Chapters in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology and their authors include:

  1. Non-Neoplastic Disorders of the Esophagus – Baojin Fu, MD, and M. Eugenia Rueda-Pedraza, MD, Col. USMC
  2. Tumors of the Esophagus – Montgomery
  3. Non-Neoplastic Disorders of the Stomach – Baishali Bhattacharya, MD, MPH
  4. Epithelial Neoplasms of the Stomach – Jason Y. Park, MD, PhD, FCAP; Hubert H. Fenton, MD; Marc R. Lewin, MD; and H. Parry Dilworth, MD
  5. Non-Neoplastic and Inflammatory Disorders of the Small Bowel – Chanjuan Shi, MD, PhD; Montgomery; and Iacobuzio-Donahue
  6. Neoplasms of the Small Intestine – Toby C. Cornish, MD, PhD, and H. Parry Dilworth, MD
  7. Gastrointestinal Mesenchymal Tumors – Thong Nguyen, DO; Cyril Fisher, MD, DSc, FRCPath; and Montgomery
  8. Non-Neoplastic and Neoplastic Disorders of the Appendix – Dora Lam-Himlin, MD, Montgomery; and Michael Torbenson, MD
  9. Infectious Diseases of the Colon – Laura W. Lamps, MD
  10. Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Theresa S. Emory, MD, and Leslie H. Sobin, MD
  11. Inflammatory/Descriptive/iatrogenic Colitides – Joel K. Greenson, MD
  12. Gastrointestinal Polyposis Syndromes – Iacobuzio-Donahue
  13. Epithelial Neoplasms of the Colorectum – Iacobuzio-Donahue
  14. Molecular Diagnostics in Gastrointestinal Pathology – Athanasios C. Tsiatis, MD, and James R. Eshleman, MD, PhD
  15. Pathology of the Anus – David Baewer, MD, PhD, and Carol Adair, MD
  16. Pathology of the Gallbladder and Extrahepatic Bile Ducts – Pedram Argani, MD
  17. Non-Neoplastic and Neoplastic Pathology of the Pancreas – Ralph H. Hruban, MD, and Syed Z. Ali, MD
  18. Metabolic and Toxic Conditions of the Liver – Roger Klein Moreira, MD, and Kay Washington, MD, PhD
  19. Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases of the Liver – Roger Klein Moreira, MD, and Kay Washington, MD, PhD
  20. Liver Neoplasms – Roger Klein Moreira, MD, and Kay Washington, MD, PhD
  21. Gastrointestinal Lymphoma – Shiyama Mudali, MD; H. Parry Dilworth, MD; Hubert H. Fenton, MD; Marc R. Lewin, MD; and Christopher D. Gocke, MD

…an outstanding, state-of-the-art book on gastrointestinal pathology, which cuts to the essentials of what all pathologists want and need to know about diseases of the tubular gut, biliary tree, pancreas, and liver. The list of contributors is, as in the first edition, most impressive and includes nationally and internationally renowned pathologists who excel in their areas of expertise. The content in each chapter is practical, well organized, and well written, focusing on the thorough evaluation of biopsy and resection specimens and culminating in an accurate diagnosis using traditional morphology supported by immuno-histochemical and molecular genetic techniques. – from the foreword by John R. Goldblum

Covering everything from clinical features and ancillary studies to differential diagnoses and prognostic and therapeutic considerations, this second edition of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology helps clinicians efficiently generate a complete and accurate report for virtually any specimen. This new edition of the popular Foundation series offers all the key information needed in gastrointestinal pathology in a user-friendly format including templated summary tables with Clinical Fact Sheets and Pathologic Features of each disease. The consistent, practical format with a wealth of illustrations, boxes, and tables, along with online access, make this title ideal for quick reference for both novices and experienced pathologists.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Neurosurgery / Reference

Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4-Volume Set edited by H. Richard Winn, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians access state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedures with Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th Edition, under the direction of editor-in-chief H. Richard Winn, MD and deputy editors-in-chief Mitchel S. Berger, MD and Ralph G. Dacey, Jr, MD.

Still the cornerstone of unquestioned guidance on surgery of the nervous system, the new edition updates clinicians on the exciting developments in this ever-changing field. In print and online, Youmans Neurological Surgery provides all the cutting-edge details they need to know about functional and restorative neurosurgery (FRN)/deep brain stimulation (DBS), stem cell biology, radiological and nuclear imaging, and neurooncology. With nearly 100 intraoperative videos online, as well as thousands of full-color illustrations, this comprehensive, multimedia, 4-volume set remains the clinical neurosurgery reference clinicians need to manage and avoid complications, overcome challenges, and maximize patient outcomes. Each section also has its own section editor.

Editor-in-chief Winn is Professor and Director of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York; Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York; Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; and Visiting Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. Deputy editor-in-chief Berger is Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco and Dacey is Henry H. and Edith R Schwartz Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Youmans Neurological Surgery has 4 volumes, 12 sections, and 398 chapters. The massive text allows clinicians to:

  • Overcome clinical challenges and ensure the best outcomes for patients.
  • Rely on a single source for convenient access to the definitive answers they need in their practice.
  • Perform functional and restorative neurosurgery (FRN) with expert guidance on the diagnostic aspects, medical therapy, and cutting-edge approaches shown effective in the treatment of tremor, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and psychiatric disorders.
  • Sharpen their neurosurgical expertise with updated and enhanced coverage of complication avoidance and intracranial pressure monitoring, epilepsy, neurooncology, pain, peripheral nerve surgery, and radiosurgery/radiation therapy.
  • Master new techniques with nearly 100 surgical videos online of intraoperative procedures including endoscopic techniques for spine and peripheral nerve surgery, the surgical resection for spinal cord hemangiomas, the resection of a giant AVM; and the radiosurgical and interventional therapy for vascular lesions and tumors.
  • Perform surgical techniques with access to full-color anatomic and surgical line drawings in this totally revised illustration program.
  • Search the complete text online, view the videos, follow links to PubMed, and download images.

Volumes, sections and their section editors of Youmans Neurological Surgery include:

VOLUME 1

I.                    Introduction and Basic Science – Edward H. Oldfield, Pierre Magistretti, and Peter D. LeRoux

II.                 General Neurosurgery – William T. Couldwell

III.               Epilepsy – Guy M. McKhann II and Matthew A. Howard III

IV.              Functional Neurosurgery – Ron L. Alterman and Andres M. Lozano

VOLUME 2

V.                 Oncology – Henry Brem, Raymond Sawaya, and E. Antonio Chiocca

VI.              Pain – Kim J. Burchiel

VII.            Pediatrics – T. S. Park, Saadi Ghatan, and R. Michael Scott

VOLUME 3

VIII.         Peripheral Nerve – Aaron G. Filler, David G. Kline, and Eric L. Zager

IX.              Radiation – Bruce E. Pollock, William A. Friedman, and L. Dade Lunsford

X.                 Spine – Christopher I. Shaffrey, Volker K. H. Sonntag, and Dennis G. Vollmer

VOLUME 4

XI.              Trauma – M. Ross Bullock and David A. Hoyda

XII.            Vascular – E. Sander Connelly Jr, Fredric B. Meyer, and Robert F. Spetzler

The continuous changes in the discipline of neurological surgery reflect the dynamic aspects of neurosurgical practice and neuroscience research, and the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery contains many significant transformations from previous editions. The entire book has been redesigned, with every illustration, photograph, chart, and table now in color. All chapters have been significantly revised and updated. There are new topics and sections and many novel chapters. In addition, video clips of patient evaluation, positioning, surgical procedures, and operative techniques are available in both the print and electronic edition. The electronic features, an important new component of the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery, facilitate understanding of the complexities of neurological surgery. In addition, because advances in the neurosciences and neurological surgery are not limited by national boundaries, the editors have significantly broadened the international authorship to reflect this global basis of knowledge.

There is no doubt that Youmans Neurological Surgery is the grand dame of the major neurosurgical textbooks … and is recommended without hesitation. – JAMA, (review of 4th edition)

As practitioners recognize, neurosurgery is built on a firm foundation that neurosurgeons use daily when providing patient care: readers will find these important clinical tools also readily available and updated in the sixth edition of Youmans Neurological Surgery. It provides an encyclopedic overview of neurological surgery for both the nascent and experienced clini­cian. With state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedures, this 6th Edition is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference volume, allowing clinicians to master the latest neurosurgery procedures with expert guidance. The four volumes cover the entirety of the specialty and the editors and authors are unparalleled in their experience and expertise.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Pathology

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology – 2 Volume Set, 10th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Juan Rosai, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology, 10th edition, in 2 volumes delivers the authoritative guidance clinicians need to overcome virtually any challenge in surgical pathology. Recognized globally for his unmatched expertise, preeminent specialist Juan Rosai, MD provides state-of-the-art coverage of the latest advancements in immunohistochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and prognostic/predictive markers – equipping them to diagnose the complete range of neoplastic and non-neoplastic entities. Rosai is Director, International Center for Oncologic Pathology Consultations, Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Milan; Senior Pathology Consultant, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Burlington, NC; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. Now, with online access clinicians can search the contents of this two-volume set online and download more than 3,300 detailed images.

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology allows clinicians to:

  • Review the clinical presentation, gross and microscopic features, ultrastructural and immunohistochemical findings, differential diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis for virtually every pathologic entity.
  • Compare their findings to more than 3,300 outstanding illustrations that capture the characteristic presentation of every type of lesion.
  • Avoid diagnostic pitfalls using Rosai's expert observations on what to look for, what to be careful about, and which presentations can be misleading.
  • Find quick answers on tumor staging, quality control procedures, and the handling of gross specimens through valuable appendices.
  • Search the complete contents online and download all 3,300+ images, most in full color.
  • Make optimal use of the latest advances including current increased understanding of the genetic basis of inherited and acquired disease, the newest molecular genetic and immunohistochemical techniques, and the most recent WHO disease classification schemes.

Contents of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology, 10th edition, include:

VOLUME 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Gross techniques in surgical pathology
  3. Special techniques in surgical pathology
  4. Skin – Dermatoses, Skin – Tumors and tumorlike conditions
  5. Oral cavity and oropharynx
  6. Mandible and maxilla
  7. Respiratory tract – Nasal cavity paranasal sinuses, and nasopharynx, Respiratory tract – Larynx and trachea, Respiratory tract – Lung and pleura
  8. Mediastinum
  9. Thyroid gland (with Giovanni Tallini)
  10. Parathyroid glands
  11. Gastrointestinal tract – Esophagus, Stomach, Small bowel, Appendix, Large bowel, Anus
  12. Major and minor salivary glands, Liver – Non-neoplastic diseases (Valeer J. Desmet)
  13. Liver – Tumors and tumor-like conditions
  14. Gallbladder and extrahepatic bile ducts
  15. Pancreas and ampullary region  
  16. Adrenal gland and other paraganglia
  17. Urinary tract – Kidney; renal pelvis, and ureter: non-neoplastic diseases (Nelson G Ordonez), Urinary tract – Kidney, renal pelvis, and ureter: Pediatric tumors and tumorlike conditions/Adult tumors and tumorlike conditions, Urinary tract – Bladder
  18. Male reproductive system – Prostate and seminal vesicles, Testis, Testicular adnexa, Penis and scrotum

VOLUME 2

  1. Female reproductive system – Vulva, Vagina, Uterus: cervix, Uterus: corpus, Fallopian tube, Ovary, Placenta
  2. Breast
  3. Lymph nodes
  4. Spleen
  5. Bone marrow (Richard D. Brunning and Daniel A. Arber)
  6. Bone and joints
  7. Soft tissues
  8. Peritoneum, retroperitoneum, and related structures
  9. Cardiovascular system – Heart, Arteries, Veins, Lymph vessels
  10. Central nervous system (Marc K. Rosenblum)
  11. Pituitary gland (B.K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters)
  12. Eye and ocular adnexa
  13. Ear

The seven years that have elapsed between the current and the previous editions of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology have seen momentous changes taking place in the practice of surgical pathology. Immunohistochemistry has continued its notable expansion and has become an indispensable adjunct for the practice of the specialty. It has transformed the practice of surgical pathology in a fashion that no other technique has done before or after.

We are now in the midst of another transformation, resulting from the application to surgical pathology specimens of the enormous amount of new knowledge derived from the molecular genetic revolution. The potential and – in some instances – the already tangible benefits of this technology are too obvious to be emphasized. The danger is that the tradition of meticulous gross and microscopic examination upon which surgical pathology has been built may be gradually eroding, yet the amount of information that this time-honored examination can still provide is so rich and dependable that one recoils at the thought of it being belittled or altogether ignored. With that caveat in mind, this 10th edition dutifully incorporates the many promising results reached with the new technologies (emphasizing those in which a clinical validation has occurred), but always matching them against the results and conclusions derived from the morphology-based approach that has served pathologists so well for so long.

This difficult integration task has been carried out in most chapters by Dr. John K.C. Chan, a brilliant representative of that emerging and still sparse cadre of surgical pathologists who combine a superb knowledge of conventional pathology with an understanding of the principles, possible applications and potential pitfalls of molecular genetic techniques. Another important change that has taken place during this period concerns the increasing demands for standardization, compliance with regulatory controls and legal accountability, which have prompted various pathology organizations to produce sets of guidelines to help readers navigate through an increasingly complicated terrain. Yet another significant development concerns the pervasive influence acquired by electronic information systems in practically all activities that take place in the surgical pathology laboratory, rendering some degree of computer literacy indispensable to those wishing to practice the specialty.

According to Rosai in the preface, it has not been easy to accommodate this rapidly changing and continuously expanding universe within the confines of the covers of Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology. The amount of information that had to be reviewed, even if often of a merely confirmatory or plainly repetitive nature, is daunting, and the trend for the establishment of subspecialties in surgical pathology – each with its own rites and lingo – has accelerated.

This book is an introduction to the vast field of surgical pathology: the pathology of the living. It does not pretend to replace in any way the textbooks to general pathology, its purpose being merely to supplement them, assuming that readers have a background in or access to those texts. The contents are not as complete as they might be because emphasis has been placed on the common rather than the rare lesions and are, to a great extent, based on the author's personal experiences.

I find it difficult to believe that one individual could produce such an outstanding textbook, and Dr. Rosai is to be congratulated. This text has been and continues to be the standard. – Human Pathology

Dr Ackerman, your star student Juan Rosai has surpassed you! In that process, he has also surpassed himself. By that I mean that he has produced a book that outshines all previous editions. He has also set the bar of excellence to anew and so far unattained height, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that he is not only the leading surgical pathologist of my generation but also a first class medical writer par excellence. – Modern Pathology

The new 10th edition of Rosai is the definitive go to authoritative book for all aspects of surgical pathology. Clinicians can feel confident when they consult Rosai that they are getting the latest answers in surgical pathology, authoritative guidance to overcome virtually any challenge. Preeminent specialist Rosai brings readers masterful, state-of-the-art coverage of all aspects of the field, including the latest advances – equipping clinicians to effectively and efficiently diagnose the complete range of neoplastic and non-neoplastic entities.

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology is intended for medical students and those physicians who are daily intimately concerned with surgical pathology. This includes not only surgeons and pathologists, but also those physicians in other fields who are affected by its decisions, such as the radiologists and the internists.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Radiology / Reference

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Meng Law, MD, Peter M. Som, MD and Thomas P. Naidich, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Neuroradiology is a subspecialty field that has seen exciting advances over the past few decades. The advent of MRI in the 1980s began an era of new techniques for studying the central nervous system. Neurological disorders are often complex, and to make a diagnosis requires knowledge of neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and neurophysiology, as well as knowledge of the tools enabling medical science to image these entities.

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology is a survival guide to solving diagnostic challenges that are particularly problematic in neuroimaging. With a concise, practical, and instructional approach, the text helps clinicians apply basic principles of problem solving to imaging of the head and interventional neck, brain, and spine. Clinicians find expert guidance on how to read what they see, and how to perform critical techniques including biopsy, percutaneous drainage, and tumor ablation. User-friendly features, such as tables and boxes, tips, pitfalls, and rules of thumb, place today's best practices at their fingertips, including protocols for optimizing the most state-of-the-art imaging modalities. A full-color design, including more than 700 high-quality images, highlights critical elements to enhance their understanding.

Editors are Meng Law, MD, MBBS, FRACR, Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery, Director of Neuroradiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Peter M. Som, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Otolaryngology, and Radiation, Oncology, Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; and Thomas P. Naidich, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery, also at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

With Problem Solving in Neuroradiology clinicians can:

  • Apply expert tricks of the trade and protocols for optimizing the state-of-the-art imaging modalities and their clinical applications used for the brain and spine – with general indications for use and special situations.
  • Make efficient use of modern imaging modalities including multidetector CT, PET, advanced MR imaging/MR spectroscopy (MRS), diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and perfusion weighted imaging (PWI).
  • Perform difficult interventional techniques such as biopsies of the spine and interventional angiography-key techniques for more accurately diagnosing cerebral vascular disease, aneurysm, and blood vessel malformations – as well as percutaneous drainage and tumor ablation.
  • Know what to expect. A dedicated section is organized by the clinical scenarios most likely to be encountered in daily practice, such as neurodegenerative disease, vascular disease, and cancer.
  • Avoid common problems that can lead to an incorrect diagnosis. Tables and boxes with tips, pitfalls, and other teaching points show clinicians what to look for, while problem-solving advice helps them identify what they see – especially those images that could suggest several possible diagnoses.
  • See conditions as they appear in practice thanks to an abundance of case examples and specially designed full-color, high-quality images which complement the text and highlight important elements.
  • Find the information they need thanks to a well-organized, user-friendly format with templated headings, detailed illustrations, and at-a-glance tables.

In a departure from commonly constructed textbooks in radiology, three eminent leaders in the field of neuroradiology – Drs. Law, Som, and Naidich – have approached imaging in an original and highly educa­tional manner. With separate sections (each with individual chapters) on advanced imaging, interventional procedures, specific diagnosis, and anatomic considerations, these authors, along with those who have co-authored chapters, bring their material to life with the Socratic method, posing critical questions throughout the book and then answering them.

Law, Som and Naidich say they approached Problem Solving in Neuroradiology by dividing it into four distinct sections, based in part on the expertise of the editors. The first section provides a state-of-the-art review of advanced imaging modalities available for problem solving, which can help increase the sensitiv­ity and specificity of neurodiagnosis. In this section they review multidetector CT, conventional MRI, advanced MRI (including MR spectroscopy, perfusion, and diffusion), and nuclear medicine, in particular positron emission tomography, as problem-solving tools.

The second section of Problem Solving in Neuroradiology addresses some of the procedures performed in neuroradiology including diagnostic angiography, interventional neuroradiology or endovascular neurosurgery, and, of course, spineinterventional procedures. The third and largest section approaches problem solving in neuroradiology in a disease-based fashion, covering brain and spine neuroradiologic pathology. The fourth section approaches diseases in different anatomic regions, in particular spinal as well as head and neck disorders.

Sections of Problem Solving in Neuroradiology, their chapters and authors include:

SECTION I. ADVANCED MODALITIES: Protocols and Optimization

  1. Multidetector Computed Tomography as a Problem-Solving Tool in Neuroradiology – Rajiv Gupta, Sunithi Mani, Amit Mehndiratta, Stuart Pomerantz, and Michael Lev
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Problem-Solving Tool – Jane J. Kim and Pratik Mukherjee
  3. Advanced MR (MR Spectroscopy, Diffusion Imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Perfusion Imaging): A Multiparametric Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving in Neuroradiology – Meng Law, Saulo Lacerda, and Pascal Bou-Haidar
  4. PET/CT Imaging in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck – Lale Kostakoglu

SECTION II. PROCEDURES

  1. Diagnostic Angiography – Stephan Meckel and Stephan G. Wetzel
  2. Neurointerventional Radiology – Ruth Thiex, Ajit Puri, and Darren B. Orbach
  3. Spine Procedures: Biopsies – Wade Wong and Danielle Nanigian

SECTION III.  PROBLEM SOLVING: Disease Categories

  1. Neurodegenerative Disorders – Manzoor Ahmed and Michael Phillips
  2. Infection/Inflammation – Majda M. Thurnher, Julia Fruhwald-Pallamar, and Stefan B. Puchner
  3. Metabolic Disorders – Robert J. Young, Sofia S. Hague, and John K. Lyo
  4. Tumor – Marco Essig
  5. Brain Trauma – Alessandro Cianfoni and Cesare Colosimo
  6. Imaging of Spine Trauma – Alessandro Cianfoni and Cesare Colosimo
  7. Imaging of Congenital Brain Abnormalities – Andrea Rossi
  8. Epilepsy – Pascal Bou-Haidar, Saulo Lacerda, and Meng Law
  9. Neuroimaging of Pediatric Hypoxic – Ischemic Injury – Andre D. Furtado, Saulo Lacerda, and Thomas P Naidich
  10. Intrauterine and Perinatal Infections – Andre D. Furtado, Saulo Lacerda, and Thomas P Naidich

SECTION IV. PROBLEM SOLVING: Anatomic Regions

  1. Head and Neck Radiology – Girish M. Fatterpekar and Peter M. Som
  2. Spine: Tumors and Infection – Paul E. Kim, Johan WM. Van Goethem, and Alyssa T Watanabe
  3. Spine and Lower Back Pain – Johan W M. Van Goethem, Paul E. Kim, and Alyssa T. Watanabe

There are none more qualified than these three primary authors to guide us through the many areas of neuroimaging. Their deep knowledge of the field and their love of teaching – imparting knowledge, combined with a firm foundation of the underlying anatomy of the brain, head and neck, and spine and the associated imaging techniques – results in a textbook that will appeal to all levels of radiologists, from trainee to attending physician. Who better than Tom Naidich to lead us through the intricacies of brain anatomy and to show us how important this knowledge is when applying advanced imaging protocols, or Peter Som to take the reader through the basics of head and neck imaging and address questions of a critical nature related to ENT radiology, or Meng Law to demonstrate the current state-of-the-art of neuroimaging. For years I have learned from them, and to this day I marvel at their command of the intricacies of neuroimaging. Congratulations to Drs. Law, Som, and Naidich, not only for conceiving this new way of presenting diagnos­tic imaging but also for offering to the neuroradiology and neuroscience community a book that will provide new insights into diagnosis and intervention in neuro­logical diseases. – from the foreword by Robert M. Quencer, MD

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology is a survival guide to help clinicians interpret complex images of the head neck, brain and spine. This textbook describes how to resolve many of the diagnostic problems facing clinicians and diagnosticians in a systematic fashion. User-friendly features place today's best practices at their fingertips, including protocols for optimizing the most state-of-the-art imaging modalities. A full-color design highlights critical elements to enhance understanding. This reference textbook will benefit a spectrum of readers, from medical students, radiology residents, and neuroradiology fellows, to seasoned neuroradiologists. Residents studying for the radiology board certification and fellows preparing for the certificate of added qualification (CAQ) examinations will find the combination of general knowledge and case-based sections to be valuable in a problem-solving approach.

Professional and Technical / Medicine / Internal / Surgery

Pain Management, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Steven D. Waldman, MD, JD (Elsevier Saunders)

Pain Management allows clinicians to get the expert, evidence-based guidance they need to diagnose pain.

Regarded as the premiere clinical reference in its field, Pain Management, 2nd Edition, edited by noted pain authority Steven Waldman, provides comprehensive, practical, highly visual guidance to help readers apply the most recent evidence-based advances in pain management. This popular text has been updated with 13 new chapters that include the latest information on interventional and ultrasound-guided techniques, and acute regional pain nerve blocks. A user-friendly format with lavish illustrations and complete online access enable readers to access trusted guidance quickly and apply the information easily to bring effective pain relief to patients. Author Waldman, MD, JD, is Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City.

Pain Management enables readers to:

  • Tap into the experience of the book's editor, Waldman – author of numerous groundbreaking pain management references – and a diverse collection of leading international experts, many of whom are new to this edition.
  • Effectively diagnose and manage any type of pain by implementing the latest, approaches including interventional and ultrasound-guided techniques, and acute regional pain nerve blocks.
  • Get extended coverage from bonus, online-only chapters.
  • Search the full text online including a downloadable image library and references linked to pub med abstracts.
  • Keep up with the most essential and latest topics with fully revised chapters and 13 new chapters that include information on central pain modulation, ultrasound-guided procedures, and myelopathy.
  • Find the critical answers they need quickly and easily thanks to a templated format, with all content reviewed by Waldman to insure consistency throughout.
  • Make more accurate diagnoses and perform nerve blocks with unmatched guidance from 1100 full-color, large-scale illustrations.

It is hard to believe that 5 years have passed since the publication of the first edition of Pain Management. Even at that time, when we had no knowledge of where electronic publishing would be in 2011, the conventional wisdom was that large, comprehensive textbooks were dinosaurs and that the future of medical books would be in smaller, more manageable, more specialized texts. Fortunately, this bit of conventional wisdom was off the mark. The first edition of Pain Management was published and has established itself as a popular reference among pain management practitioners across a variety of specialties.

Pain Management contains 184 chapters. Sections and their parts include:

I.                    The Basic Science of Pain

II.                 The Evaluation of the Patient in Pain

III.               Generalized Pain Syndromes Encountered in Clinical Practice

  1. Acute Pain Syndromes
  2. Neuropathic Pain Syndromes
  3. Pain of Malignant Origin
  4. Pain of Dermatologic and Musculoskeletal Origin

IV. Regional Pain Syndromes

  1. Pain in the Head
  2. Pain Emanating from the Neck and Brachial Plexus
  3. Shoulder Pain Syndromes
  4. Elbow Pain Syndromes
  5. Wrist and Hand Pain Syndromes
  6. Pain Syndromes of the Chest Wall, Thoracic Spine, and Respiratory System
  7. Syndromes of the Abdomen, Retroperitoneum, and Groin
  8. Pain Syndromes of the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  9. Pain Syndromes of the Pelvis and Genitalia
  10. Pain Syndromes of the Hip and Proximal Lower Extremity
  11. Pain Syndromes of the Knee and Distal Lower Extremity

V.     Specific Treatment Modalities for Pain and Symptom Management

  1. Pharmacologic Management of Pain
  2. Psychological and Behavioral Modalities for Pain and Symptom Management
  3. Physical Modalities in the Management of Pain
  4. Neural Blockade and Neurolytic Blocks in the Management of Pain
  5. Neuroaugmentation and Implantable Drug Delivery Systems
  6. Advanced Pain Management Techniques

Chapter One of Pain Management, Pain and Psychopathology, provides a conceptual framework for understanding pain in the human. According to that material, pains that do not conform to present day anatomic and neurophysiologic knowledge are often attributed to psychological dysfunction.

There are many pains whose cause is not known. If a diligent search has been made in the periphery and no cause is found, we have seen that clinicians act as though there was only one alternative. They blame faulty thinking, which for many classically thinking doctors is the same thing as saying that there is no cause and even no disease. They ignore a century's work on disorders of the spinal cord and brainstem and target the mind.... These are the doctors who repeat again and again to a Second World War amputee in pain that there is nothing wrong with him and that it is all in his head.

According to Katz and Melzack, this view of the role of psychological generation in pain persists to this day notwithstanding evidence to the contrary. Psychopathology has been proposed to underlie phantom limb pain, dyspareunia, orofacial pain, and a host of others including pelvic pain, abdominal pain, chest pain, and headache. However, the complexity of the pain transmission circuitry means that many pains that defy our current understanding will ultimately be explained without having to resort to a psychopathologic etiology. Pain that is ‘nonanatomic’ in distribution, spread of pain to noninjured territory, pain that is said to be out of proportion to the degree of injury, and pain in the absence of injury have all, at one time or another, been used as evidence to support the idea that psychological disturbance underlies the pain. Yet each of these features of supposed psychopathology can now be explained by neurophysiologic mechanisms that involve an interplay between peripheral and central neural activity.

Taken together, the novel mechanisms that explain some of the most puzzling pain symptoms must keep us mindful that emotional distress and psychological disturbance in our patients are not at the root of the pain. Attributing pain to a psychological disturbance is damaging to the patient and provider alike; it poisons the patient-provider relationship by introducing an element of mutual distrust and implicit (and at times, explicit) blame. It is devastating to the patient, who feels at fault, disbelieved, and alone.

Chapter one of Pain Management concludes with The Multiple Determinants of Pain.

The neuromatrix theory of pain proposes that the neurosignature for pain experience is determined by the synaptic architecture of the neuromatrix, which is produced by genetic and sensory influences. The neurosignature pattern is also modulated by sensory inputs and by cognitive events, such as psychological stress. Furthermore, stressors, physical as well as psychological, act on stress regulation systems, which may produce lesions of muscle, bone, and nerve tissue and thereby contribute to the neurosignature patterns that give rise to chronic pain. In short, the neuromatrix, as a result of homeostasis regulation patterns that have failed, may produce the destructive conditions that give rise to many of the chronic pains that so far have been resistant to treatments developed primarily to manage pains that are triggered by sensory inputs. The stress regulation system, with its complex, delicately balanced interactions, is an integral part of the multiple contributions that give rise to chronic pain.

The neuromatrix theory guides us away from the Cartesian concept of pain as a sensation produced by injury or other tissue disease and toward the concept of pain as a multidimensional experience produced by multiple influences. These influences range from the existing synaptic architecture of the neuromatrix to influences from within the body and from other areas in the brain. Genetic influences on synaptic architecture may determine – or predispose to – the development of chronic pain syndromes.

Multiple inputs act on the neuromatrix programs and contribute to the output neurosignature. They include the following: (1) sensory inputs (cutaneous, visceral, and other somatic receptors); (2) visual and other sensory inputs that influence the cognitive interpretation of the situation; (3) phasic and tonic cognitive and emotional inputs from other areas of the brain; (4) intrinsic neural inhibitory modulation inherent in all brain function; and (5) the activity of the body's stress regulation systems, including cytokines as well as the endocrine, autonomic, immune, and opioid systems. We have traveled a long way from the psychophysical concept that seeks a simple one-to-one relationship between injury and pain. We now have a theoretical framework in which a genetically determined template for the body-self is modulated by the powerful stress system and the cognitive functions of the brain, in addition to the traditional sensory inputs.

State of the art, completely updated in this 2nd edition, Pain Management allows clinicians to effectively diagnose and manage pain with procedurally focused, evidence-based guidance from a noted authority. The user-friendly format with lavish illustrations and complete online access enables readers to access trusted guidance quickly and apply the information easily to bring effective pain relief to patients.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Pediatrics

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th edition: Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print by Robert M. Kliegman, MD, Bonita F. Stanton, MD, and Richard E. Behrman, MD; Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, and Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, (Elsevier Saunders)

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics has been the world's most trusted pediatrics resource for nearly 75 years. Drs. Robert Kliegman, Bonita Stanton, Richard Behrman, and two new editors – Joseph St. Geme, III, MD and Nina Schor, MD, who contribute on the key subspecialties, including pediatric infectious disease and pediatric neurology – continue to provide the most authoritative coverage of the best approaches to care. This streamlined 19th edition covers the latest on genetics, neurology, infectious disease, melamine poisoning, sexual identity and adolescent homosexuality, and psychosis associated with epilepsy. The expanded online access features the regularly updated text, case studies, new references and journal articles, Clinics articles, and exclusive web-only content.

This 19th edition of the book has a mind-boggling 708 chapters. With Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics clinicians are able to:

  • Understand the principles of therapy and which drugs and dosages to prescribe for every disease.
  • Locate key content and identify clinical conditions thanks to a full-color design and full-color photographs.
  • Access the fully searchable and regularly updated text online along with abundant case studies, new references and journal articles, Clinics articles, and exclusive web-only content.
  • Stay current on recent developments and hot topics such as melamine poisoning, long-term mechanical ventilation in the acutely ill child, sexual identity and adolescent homosexuality, age-specific behavior disturbances, and psychosis associated with epilepsy.
  • Tap into substantially enhanced content with world-leading clinical and research expertise.
  • Manage the transition to adult healthcare for children with chronic diseases through discussions of the overall health needs of patients with congenital heart defects, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Recognize, diagnose, and manage genetic conditions using an expanded section that covers these diseases, disorders, and syndromes extensively.
  • Find information on chronic and common dermatologic problems more easily with a more intuitive reorganization of the section.

Editors of Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics and their credentials include: Robert M. Kliegman, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Pamela and Leslie Muma Chair in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Executive Vice President, Children's Research Institute, Milwaukee; Bonita F. Stanton, MD, Professor and Schotanus Family Endowed Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit; Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, William H. Eilinger Professor and Chair Department of Pediatrics, Professor, Department of Neurology, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Golisano Children's Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester; Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, Durham, NC; and Richard E. Behrman, MD, Nonprofit Healthcare and Educational Consultants to Medical Institutions Santa Barbara, California.

Children are the world's most important resource. Pediatrics is the sole discipline concerned with all aspects of the well-being of infants, children, and adolescents, including their health; their physical, mental, and psychological growth and development; and their opportunity to achieve full potential as adults. Pediatricians must be concerned not only with particular organ systems and biologic processes, but also with environmental and social influences, which have a major impact on the physical, emotional, and mental health and social well-being of children and their families.

Pediatricians must be advocates for the individual child and for all children, irrespective of culture, religion, gender, race, or ethnicity or of local, state, or national boundaries.

According to Stanton and Behrman in Chapter 1 of Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, in 2006, there were an estimated 133 million births world-wide, 124 million (92%) of which were in developing countries and 4.3 million (3%) of which were in the US.

More than a century ago, pediatrics emerged as a medical specialty in response to increasing awareness that the health problems of children differ from those of adults and that a child's response to illness and stress varies with age.

The health problems of children and youth vary widely between and within populations in the nations of the world depending on a number of often interrelated factors. These factors include (1) economic considerations (economic disparities); (2) educational, social, and cultural considerations; (3) the prevalence and ecology of infectious agents and their hosts; (4) climate and geography; (5) agricultural resources and practices (nutritional resources); (6) stage of industrialization and urbanization; (7) the gene frequencies for some disorders; and (8) the health and social welfare infrastructure available within these countries. Health problems are not restricted to single nations and are not limited by country boundaries; the interrelation of health issues across the globe has achieved widespread recognition in the wake of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and AIDS epidemics, expansions in the pandemics of cholera and West Nile virus, war and bioterrorism, the tsunami of 2004, and the global recession beginning in 2008.

Despite global interconnectedness, child health priorities continue to reflect local politics, resources, and needs. The state of health of any community must be defined by the incidence of illness and by data from studies that show the changes that occur with time and in response to programs of prevention, case finding, therapy, and surveillance. To ensure that the needs of children and adults across the globe were not obscured by local needs, in 2000 the international community established 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. Although all 8 MDGs impact child well-being, MDG 4 ("Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate") is exclusively focused on children. Globally, there has been a 23% reduction in under-5 mortality since 1990, with a 40% reduction in developed countries but only a 21% reduction in the least developed countries. In 62 countries progress was inadequate to meet the goals and 27 countries (including most of those in sub-Saharan Africa) made no progress or declined between 1990 and 2006. There were nearly 13 million under-5 deaths in 1990; 2006 marked the 1st year that there were fewer than 10 million deaths (9.7 million) with a further decrease to 9.0 million in 2007 and 8.8 million in 2008. However, overall progress has not been on target to reach the goal.

In developing countries today, the leading causes of death remains diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and measles with much of the reductions in mortality that have occurred resulting from effective vaccine programs, oral rehydration therapy, early diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia, and, treated mosquito nets.

According to Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, concerns about the problems of children throughout the world have generated three sets of goals. The first set includes that all families have access to adequate perinatal, preschool, and family-planning services; that international and national governmental activities be effectively coordinated at the global, regional, national, and local levels; that services be so organized that they reach populations at special risk; that there be no insurmountable or inequitable financial harriers to adequate care; that the health care of children have continuity from prenatal through adolescent age periods; and that every family ultimately have access to all necessary services, including developmental, dental, genetic, and mental health services. A second set of goals addresses the need for reducing unintended injuries and environmental risks, for meeting nutritional needs, and for health education aimed at fostering health-promoting lifestyles. A third set of goals covers the need for research in biomedical and behavioral science, in fundamentals of bioscience and human biology, and in the particular problems of mothers and children.

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics provides a dynamic multimedia resource to meet patients' changing needs. This 19th edition continues to provide THE BEST pediatric information with expanded premium multimedia features, extensively revised content, and two new editors. The expanded online access features the regularly updated text, case studies, new references and journal articles, Clinics articles, and exclusive web-only content so that clinicians get even more out of this invaluable reference.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Catholicism / Monasticism

At Home with Saint Benedict: Monastery Talks by Mark A. Scott, general editor Simeon Leiva, with a foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr (Monastic Wisdom Series, Number 27: Cistercian Publications)

At Home with Saint Benedict is a selection of the author's conferences on Saint Benedict's Rule for Monasteries delivered to the monks of Assumption Abbey of Ava, Missouri, when he was abbot there. Mark A. Scott's intention was simply to share with his brother monks what Saint Benedict through his sixth-century Rule might have to offer monks of the early twenty-first century. This book is a door to the chapter room of Assumption Abbey. Readers are invited to open the ‘door,’ sit down with the monks and their abbot, and feel at home with Saint Benedict.

Scott, OCSO, is a monk of the Trappist-Cistercian Abbey of New Clairvaux,Vina, California, formerly superior and then abbot of Assumption Abbey, Ava, Missouri. At the beginning Scott makes clear that these weekly conferences were held in the chapter room, that place "where the abbot breaks open his heart to the monks through his teaching and where informal exchanges among the brothers take place." This description portrays a lovely icon of the teacher, for in the Benedictine tradition the abbot holds the place of Christ in the community and Christ, the teacher, also broke open his heart to his disciples. He says he finds the ‘breaking open of the heart’ both poignant and reflective of what ideally could occur in a community whose members vow daily to transform the space in which they live into a home.

In the preface to At Home with Saint Benedict, the importance of the chapter room in a monastery is highlighted in a number of ways, and finally gives an invitation to readers to enter, sit down with the monks, opening their heart to be taught. The explanation about the importance of the chapter room is reminiscent of the meeting tent of Exodus 32:7, which clearly was a place where Moses sought intimacy with God.

Although the conferences in At Home with Saint Benedict were initially offered to a specific group of monks, according to Scott, it became obvious that these teachings have value for anyone who lives a monastic life or is drawn to Benedictine spirituality. In today's world with its frenetic way of living, many who are not vowed monks are beginning to feel at home with Benedict. In conference 60 Benedict's views on attachment to possessions and hoarding is addressed. In reading, "We accumulate stuff and fill empty physical space with it as a substitute for dealing with the emptiness inside ourselves," one immediately recognizes that excessive accumulation is a human tendency. Yet it is so clear in the rule of Saint Benedict that nothing is to be held dearer than Christ. Scott refers to this preferential love for Christ as the heart of all monastic spirituality.

These conferences are not a commentary on the Rule. While Scott reads the text of the Rule carefully, from a historical-critical point of view he is free and even playful, and he sometimes interprets the facts of history pretty loosely, too. It would be better to say that these conferences are in the first place the Rule's commentary on Scott, on his life as a Christian and as a monk.

The title, At Home with Saint Benedict, wants to say that the Rule of Saint Benedict can perform the miracle of making strangers begin to treat one another like brothers and sisters, and even like friends. It can change an institution into a home; and it can help people help one another be themselves, without fear or shame, but also with the high hope that under the force of love and grace they will become that even more.

"This is one of the best popular books on modern monasticism that I have ever read. Anybody who wants to know more about the Rule of Benedict, and also about how it is actually lived today, should obtain this book.... I think it is great, not just good. – Terrence Kardong, OSS, Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota

At Home with Saint Benedict has a drawing power, an attraction and charm precisely because it is a collection of beautifully simple and practical teachings from an age-old Rule.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Psychology & Counseling

A Play-Full Life: Slowing Down & Seeking Peace by Jaco J. Hamman (The Pilgrim Press)

What part of you that got lost along the way would you like to reclaim by becoming play-full? – from the book

A Play-Full Life explores the ways of being and becoming informed by the power of play. According to Jaco Hamman, whether subjective play, informal social play, or even professionals at play, play is fundamentally an attitude to life that goes beyond specific activities. A Play-Full Life empowers readers to explore the meaning of a Sabbath-like life speaking of simplicity, serenity, and sensing the fullness of life. Hamman, associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary, gives readers practical guidelines to cultivate a play-full self, while being introduced to ordinary persons and faith communities living play-full lives.

Hamman says that a play-full person finds liminal, sacred moments, as well as peace, contentment, and hope in the strangest of places and circumstances. Such a person is responsive to the adversities one encounters on the road of life and is open to the generosity of good Samaritans. To grow into play-fullness is almost always an act of reclamation and restoration, reclaiming a part of the life that we lost somewhere along the road of life. Play-fullness rehumanizes us. By seeking play-fullness, we are on a path of reclamation, antici­pating the image of God manifesting through us. Many times, however, we do not reflect this image in a way that honors God.

Somehow we forget that play-full and creative living touches all worlds in which we live, whether our own inner world or the world around us. Many of us would rather watch others at play than engage in play-full behavior ourselves. We become observers and rarely participants. It is no coincidence that as our own uncertainties and anxieties mount, we are willing to pay large sums of money to watch and admire professional players.

Hamman says that as he wrote A Play-Full Life, he envisioned intelligent and curious readers who might not be knowledgeable about play-fullness, but who intuit it and already are reclaiming and cultivating such a life in small but significant ways. He imagined all kinds of stressors in readers' lives that prohibit or diminish a sense of play-fullness, and he wanted to introduce them to those he knows who have grown in becoming play-full.

Chapter 1 asks: What keeps us from being play-full? The chapter identifies six forces of personhood and culture that place our well-being at risk. The enemies of being and becoming play-full are:

  • Criticism ("Being play-full is foolishness or childish" or "I have no play-full bone in my body.")
  • Control ("This vacation will be fun" or "You will do this!")
  • Compulsion ("I have to do this... " or "Doing this makes me less anxious.... ")
  • Competition ("Winning is everything" or "I hate losing.")
  • Conflict ("I hate myself" or "I hate you.")
  • Consumption ("Give me more" or "I find happiness in buying/security in my debt.")

Within these attitudes one finds various forms of individual and communal play that have become corrupted, for example violence, addictions, pornography, and eating disorders.

Chapters 2 and 3 identify ‘play-full practices’ that foster a sense of play-fullness in us: Realness, Boundlessness, Slowness (chapter 2) and Creativity, Hospitality, and Transcendence (chapter 3). Transcendence offers readers a third area of living between objective reality and their own subjective experience. It is here that they engage in culture and meet God.

Chapter 4 is "Being play-full when alone." In this chapter Hamman applies the play-full practices introduced in the previous chapters to personal life. Play-fullness often eludes people when they are alone, for the enemies of play-fullness manifest themselves as they relieve boredom or seek inappropriate ways to self-soothe when alone. Chapter 5 addresses "Being play-full with others." He explores visions of play-fullness in intimate relationships. A Play-Full Life looks at play-fullness in intimate relationships, whether couples, families, or larger groups. Chapter 6 follows the same pattern as the previous two chapters as it addresses "Being play-full with God."

The conclusion anticipates that some readers might still ask How do I become play-full? The answer to this question of How? is Yes! One becomes play-full by being rooted, redeemed, and restored, and by engaging in play-full activities, such as imagining one's death, playing with time, expressing oneself in a mute voice, or engaging other play-full practices.

A Play-Full Life is not a ‘how to’ book, even if many examples of play-fullness will encourage readers to experiment living their lives differently and seeing the world anew. It is a book about an embodied life characterized by play-fullness.

With a motorcycle and a flair for adventure Hamman has discov­ered what children know and adults have forgotten – that the created earth is a playground filled with pleasures, delights and stimulat­ing peril. He develops his discovery into a proposal for living by identifying the enemies of playfulness, offering practices that open ourselves to play-full propensities, and by encouraging us to see that God is playful too. – Donald Capps, professor of pastoral psychology (emeritus), Princeton Theological Seminary

Hamman has written an insightful and practical book on faithful and artful living. Filled to the brim with helpful, practical suggestions and stories, A Play-Full Life calls readers to engage imaginative creativity in relationships with God, self, and others. – Michael S. Koppel, Ph.D., Howard Chandler Robbins, Professor of Pastoral Theology & Congregational Care, Wesley Theological Seminary

Hamman has succeeded in recalling the importance of play as an essential feature of life and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how to be more open to the reality of God in our lives. – James H. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Litt.D., Robert K. Davies Professor of Systematic Theology, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

A Play-Full Life may become a conversation partner to readers as they grow emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Just as children discover their identity through play behavior and learn how to manage life through playing, readers may discover a way of living deeply and passionately between the pages of this book and their own lives.

Religion & Spirituality / Religious Studies / Comparative Religion

Introduction To World Religions, revised, edited by Christopher H. Partridge (Fortress Press)

A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions by Beth Wright (Fortress Press)

In the small, complicated world of the twenty-first century there is a widespread and growing awareness of the significance of religions and beliefs. This has been accompanied by an increasing desire for, and a need for, reliable and accessible knowledge. Whether one thinks of the globalization of `fundamentalisms', religiously motivated politics, the emergence of numerous new religions, or our increasingly plural societies, the informed twenty-first-century citizen cannot afford to neglect acquiring some understanding of religious belief and practice.

Introduction To World Religions, written by Christopher Partridge, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at University College Chester, England, is a collection of introductions to the histories, beliefs and practices of religions from pre-historic times to twenty-first century developments. Making the religions visible, the book is illustrated with numerous photographs, maps and diagrams.

With over 300,000 copies of the earlier editions sold, Introduction To World Religions builds on a rich heritage. Drawing on a team of over 80 contributors from around the world and including a high proportion of fresh material, this highly acclaimed and lavishly illustrated text now appears in a substantially revised and rewritten edition. Not only has much of it been rewritten in order to bring it up to date with current scholarship, but the layout has also significantly changed, with each of the principal religions given its own discrete section. A further feature of this new edition is the inclusion of short articles written by `ordinary' believers about what their faith means to them and how their lives are shaped by their beliefs. In other words, the short `insider' articles in the book seek to take readers `under the skin' of faith traditions, by allowing individual believers from around the world to speak for themselves. Although, of course, they only allow a single believer's perspective (with which other believers may disagree), they do enable some understanding of what it means to be a believer within a particular faith.

The religions covered in Introduction To World Religions include: ancient religions, indigenous religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, East Asian religions, Baha'i, and twenty-first-century religions.

While the sections dealing with particular religions are not identical, being shaped to a large degree by the emphases within the faith, there has been an effort to ensure that all of the sections address the following principal areas: (1) historical overview; (2) sacred writings; (3) key beliefs; (4) worship and festivals; (5) family and society; and (6) developments in the modern world. Therefore, if readers read through any section in its entirety, they will come away with a good introductory knowledge of these six principal areas of the respective faith.

As well as sections on particular religions, Introduction To World Religions begins with a section on the study of religion, in which readers are introduced to some of the key thinkers in the history of the modern study of religions and to some of the key issues and approaches taken to the study of religion. The Rapid Fact-Finder at the end of the book has been updated. Finally, the last main section includes discussions of some particular developments in the modern world, such as the emergence of new religions and alternative spiritualities, the impact of postmodernism on religious thought, and issues surrounding the decline of once dominant forms of religion.

A sumptuous handbook. Profusely illustrated in full colour ... a guide to the past and present faiths of the world. – The Times Educational Supplement

Positive, thoughtful and sympathetic treatment of a very wide range of faiths ... – Religious Education Press

A moving and illuminating book. I am aware of nothing on the market remotely comparable in scope, balance, readability and sensitivity. – Church Times

Accessible and engaging, objective, authoritative and lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full-color photographs, maps and diagrams, Introduction To World Religions will be widely welcomed by all those seeking to understand the complexity and diversity of the world's religious landscape. There are few, if any, volumes to rival it as an attractive, readable and reliable resource. It is particularly suitable for teachers, students, interested laypeople, and professionals who need clear, accurate, comprehensive overviews of the world's principal religious beliefs and practices. These articles draw on the latest research and thinking in their respective areas and thus provide important introductions to religion in the modern world.

Partridge's Introduction To World Religions is enhanced with A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions, a study guide tied directly to the text and designed to contextualize new resources for students’ exploration of the world's vibrant and varied religious traditions. A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions, developed by Beth Wright, a former Fortress Press editor, contains a wide array of study and research aids including:

Tailored introductions to Instructors and Students on using A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions.

  • Pre-test assessment to help determine basic knowledge prior to a course of study.
  • Chapter summaries and brief biographies of key personalities.
  • Substantial selections from primary source material, with bibliographies.
  • Nearly two hundred key terms with definitions.
  • Thought-provoking questions for study and discussion, and unique set of reflection questions with space for writing answers.
  • Extensive lists of web resources for further study and research.
  • Up-to-date chart indicating numbers of adherents of major world religious traditions.
  • Special feature: A Short Guide to Writing Research Papers on World Religions – full of aids and guidelines to assist students in undertaking research projects.

Primarily targeting students, readers will find A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions useful as a guide in building an understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity of religious customs, beliefs, and sacred texts.

Sciences / Biological Science / Sociology / Psychology

Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations edited by Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, with series editor Kenneth Shapiro (Human-Animal Studies Series, Volume II: Brill)

Theorizing Animals takes on one of the important challenges facing the emerging field of Human-Animal Studies: the development of theory. It begins with the meta-theoretical question: Does the field need theory? What are the pitfalls of theory? Is a macro-theory, one that provides a framework for this multi-disciplinary field, possible; is it desirable? Can the field thrive with theory that is simply extensionist – that takes existing social theories and modifies them to include nonhuman animals? What are the prospects for ‘hybridized theory?’ Finally, can the field develop sui generis theory – theory peculiar to this inter-species, relationship-centered field? Whether or not the editors, Taylor and Signal, have succeeded in meeting these tall orders in this slim volume, I think you will agree the questions are now clear and on the table. – Kenneth Shapiro, Series Editor Animals and Society Institute, Inc., Washington Grove, MD

Utilizing ideas from post-modernism and post-humanism, Theorizing Animals challenges current ways of thinking about animals and their relationships with humans. Including contributions from across the social sciences, the book encourages readers to reflect upon taken-for-granted ways of conceptualizing human relationships with animals. Editors are Nik Taylor, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, Australia and Tania Signal, D.Phil, Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University.

According to Lynda Birke in the preface, we continue to abuse animals, and we continue to search for ways in which they are `not as good as' us. Theorizing human-animal relatings, however, has to recognize that all kinds of dualisms are interlinked in modernist thought. As several contributors to Theorizing Animals note, the justifications we use to separate ourselves work just as well if the `other' is a human of different background to us, or another species. It is precisely the tenacity of dualistic thinking that means we have to keep working at new theoretical approaches.

There are, inevitably, many ways to theorize animals, as Theorizing Animals attests. And we face many challenges in doing so. How, for instance, do we get away from the modernist heritage that leads us to talk about `animals' as implicitly different `from' us?

Birke says that the fundamental problem facing our theories lies with the inarticulacy of human-animal relatings. She says she often ponders this as she realizes that however much we might write about what other animals do, or what they signify to us, we still cannot put into words what we feel. It is in those profound moments of connectedness, of touch or gaze between us and an individual who is of another species, that she becomes dumb, inarticulate, unable to express what is going on. She may be in touch every day with the horses and dogs living in her domestic sphere, or in earshot of the wild birds who squabble at the bird feeders in her garden: but despite often feeling that sense of profound connection, she still cannot speak their language(s).

It is, however, often those inexpressible moments that make her want to work with ideas about how we relate to these myriad others. Despite the intellectual challenges, theorizing how those relationships work is vitally important – for all inhabitants of this world. It is through connections with/to other species that we might begin to challenge prevailing views of the world around us – and it is through those connections that change might be implemented, radical change, as some of the contributors in Theorizing Animals have noted, tinkering about on the surface of how we think about animals will do little to change long-established practices. Re-theorizing animals is an important part of that effort.

Nik Taylor in the introduction says that Theorizing Animals is concerned with epistemology, i.e., how we know what we know and the processes by which certain facts and beliefs come to be considered as legitimate knowledge. The book is post-humanist and post-structuralist in that it questions taken-for-granted assumptions about the human-animal divide and points to the ways in which this divide is maintained through the operation of knowledge. So, for example, many of the authors are concerned with discourses about animals, i.e. the taken-for-granted ways in which humans think and talk about animals as though they are inferior to humans and how this belief then becomes entrenched culturally.

Animals have become the increasing focus of academic interest, an interest which spans multiple disciplines and begins to question hith­erto taken-for-granted assumptions about the place of animals and their relationship vis-à-vis humans. If humans are no longer the centre of the universe and if our relations with animals are much more complex than previously thought, then we need to study them in new – and diverse – ways; in ways which continue to challenge us to rethink `our' relationships with `them'. This then serves to legitimize much of the current interest in animals from disciplines previously largely concerned only with humans (i.e. the social sciences and the humanities). Throughout Theorizing Animals there is an overwhelming interest in epistemology and linked to this is a general critique of post-Enlightenment ways of thinking. There is also concern to delineate modernist from postmodernist arguments. Many of the scholars in the current book take a post-humanist approach. This is an approach which points out that modernist thinking is humanist thinking, i.e. there is an assumption that humans are the `centre of the universe.'

Most of the scholars in Theorizing Animals seek to critique standard ways of `thinking about' animals and they do so from an epistemological starting point. The general assumption is that knowledge is socially – contextually – produced and it is done so with the assumption that the ‘subject is always already human’. Moreover, this humanism, i.e. the belief in the importance of the human subject to the exclusion of all else, is seen as the intellectual framework which leads to a deeply embedded anthropocentrism in modern ways of thinking. One of the consequences of this starting point for the scholars in Theorizing Animals is the point that knowledge is not produced in a vacuum; socio-political forces are seen as playing a large part in the production of knowledge about animals, about their assumed place and about the ways in which they should be treated. In other words, for many of the contributors, epistemology and ontology overlap. Epistemology is concerned with knowledge (what counts as legitimate knowledge and how do we know what we know) whereas ontol­ogy is concerned with the state of being in the world. The link between the two in Theorizing Animals is that ideas about animals (i.e. epistemology) are seen to have a direct affect on their reality (i.e. ontology). As such this collection offers a selection of essays which are generally critical of current thinking about how we conceive of animals with the assumption that ideas and conceptions of them is inextricably linked to the treatment of them.

These new approaches towards animals have necessitated, in turn, a re-think of traditional approaches towards animals and their `place' in the human world. Increasingly scholars of human-animal relationships are arguing that traditional social theories, based upon post-Enlightenment (i.e. modernist) pretensions are an inadequate starting point for the study of human-animal relationships. For example, the belief that there is a `Truth out there' which is amenable to identification, study and control is seen as linked to, and predicated upon, the belief that `the social' is an entirely different realm to `the natural' and thus that animals and humans are worlds apart. This is an untenable base for a meaningful approach towards human-animal relationships because it places animals strictly outside of assumed human interests. In essence, then, it writes animals out of consideration before the fact – meaning that we start with the assumption that their importance, if it does exist, is simply that of importance to humans and to society, not in their own right. This is largely seen as the anthropocentric legacy of modernist, post-Enlight­enment, thinking.

While not every author presented in Theorizing Animals identifies as post-humanist, the volume itself, as a whole, is necessarily so in that its aim is to rearticulate the way humans `know animals.' And despite differences brought about by intellectual background, all the authors have one thing in common – they aim to problematize the notion of `animal' and the human-animal relationship in order to unpack traditional assumptions about human relations with animals and about the place of animals within the world. As with any new area of knowledge, no one way forward will suffice. It is crucial that we find both new ways, and new places, to think about animals. As such the current volume presents a deliberately eclectic collection of potential – alternate – ways to `know animals.' It is not exhaustive in scope but rather presents new ideas and new ways forward.

Theorizing Animals is divided into four sections: (1) Knotty Problems: To Theorise or Not? (2) Animals and Modernity, (3) Animal Performers, and (4) Forward Thinking.

The first section is comprised of two different approaches to the idea of theorizing animals. Both chapters in this section put forth the argument that humans can (and should) help other animals, but precisely how they go about this is the topic of debate. The second section addresses human animal relations and species boundaries under modernity. The third section concentrates on the ideas of performance and performativity as a way to think about human-animal relations. The final section of the book is concerned with the application of a relativity new social theory – Actor Network Theory (ANT) – to human animal relations. Theorizing Animals concludes with a chapter which addresses the ways in which technology, humans and animals come together to form a working display of jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hayward is keen to draw attention away from traditional ways of thinking about animals on display and instead outlines ways of thinking which again stress the interplay of humans, animals and objects.

The range of work presented in Theorizing Animals is testament to both the burgeoning interest in human-animal relations and to their importance, whether this importance be seen as primarily to humans (e.g. what do animals tell us about ourselves) or primarily to animals (e.g. how do epistemological positionings of animals dictate human treatments of them). The volume will be of interest to those in the broad field of human-animal studies as well as those within most social science and humanities disciplines including sociology, anthropology, philosophy and social theory.

Social Sciences / Criminology / Gender Studies

Women and Justice: It's a Crime, 5th edition by Roslyn Muraskin (Prentice Hall)

Today, women and girls live the legacy of women's rights. It is my passionate hope that this work will result in more meaningful and thought-provoking dialogue concerning the important problems women face in the criminal justice system. It's a crime, if we do not realize the importance of the role that women play. Basic human rights are fundamental to all, women and men alike. The raw material is presented in this text – hopefully, you will make it come alive. – Roslyn Muraskin

Women and Justice, Fifth Edition, is an all-inclusive work on women and issues of justice. It compiles over 35 essays that explore issues such as: the history of women’s issues; women and the law; women and violence; women and health problems; gender and race, women and prison; women and criminal justice professions; women and terrorism; and girls and delinquency. Written by Roslyn Muraskin and leading scholars in the field, this edition highlights new essays and presents a thought-provoking dialogue concerning the major issues women face in the criminal justice system.

Muraskin is Professor of Criminal Justice at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the Director of the Long Island Women's Institute as well as Executive Director of the Alumni Chapter, both for the College of Management, formerly Associate Dean of the College of Management (1990-1996) as well as the Director of the School of Public Service.

In this edited 5th edition of Women and Justice, the authors confront the legal sociological, and psychological perspectives involving women and criminal justice. Sexual crimes, female victims, experiences and societal reactions to sexual violence and issues of privacy are covered. Attention is also paid to women as offenders and professionals in criminal justice. The volume includes 28 new chapters. It examines the historical and contemporary roles of women through the contributions of the law. It explores various aspects of gender issues, including sex roles, sex differences and concepts of masculinity and femininity.

According to Muraskin, the potential for progress in the realm of women's issues and the criminal justice system is possible because of the continuous battles that women have continued to fight in striving for something called equality or parity of treatment. The history of women indicates that gender should not be a factor in determining the legal rights of women and men, but it has been. Dating back to 1776, when this country was being formed and the laws were being written by men, it was Abigail Adams, in a letter to her husband, John, who insisted that if in the new American Constitution, "care and attention are not paid to the ladies," they will foment a rebellion. Women have been fomenting that rebellion ever since. Readers will find that the struggle is not over, even though women may have a voice and are being heard.

Women and Justice talks about women as slaves; witchcraft; affirmative action; disparate treatment of women; sexual harassment; crimes of violence; rights of privacy; women, drugs, and AIDS; women in prison; women as victims of crime; women in criminal justice professions; women and crime; and girls and delinquency.

Women and Justice is the most comprehensive text available with readings on the subject of women and the criminal justice system. Women and Justice deals with the most up to-date-issues and policies that pertain to women as they are affected and treated by the criminal justice system as well as those basic rights believed to be most fundamental by all. The material and topics provide the best there is as they concern the gender-based problems we face in society today. The chapters are written primarily by and for scholars and researchers in the criminal justice and legal fields.

Social Sciences / Political Science

Handbook of Transnational Governance: New Institutions and Innovations edited by Thomas Hale and David Held (Polity)

When we speak of global governance today, we no longer mean simply state-to-state diplomacy, international treaties, or intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations. Alongside these ‘traditional' elements of global politics are a host of new institutions ranging from global networks of governmental officials, to private codes of conduct for corporations, to action-oriented partnerships of NGOs, governments, corporations, and other actors. These innovative mechanisms offer intriguing solutions to pressing transnational challenges as diverse as climate change, financial governance, workers' rights, and public health. But they also raise new questions about the effectiveness and legitimacy of transnational governance.

An expanding body of scholarship has sought to identify and assess these new forms of governance, but this young body of work has lacked a sense of the larger picture. Handbook of Transnational Governance seeks to fill that need by presenting a comprehensive overview of new forms of transnational governance. Editors are Thomas Hale, a PhD candidate at Princeton University and David Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Contents of Handbook of Transnational Governance include:

  1. Editors' Introduction: Mapping Changes in Transnational Governance – Thomas Hale and David Held

Part I. Transgovernmental Networks Introduction

  1. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision – Kevin Young
  2. Financial Action Task Force – Ian Roberge
  3. Financial Stability Board – Randall Germain
  4. The Group of Twenty – John Kirton
  5. Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes – Tony Porter and Veronica Rubio Vega
  6. International Accounting Standards Board – Andreas Nolke
  7. International Association of Insurance Supervisors – Donato Masciandaro
  8. International Competition Network – Marie-Laure Djelic
  9. International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for the Registration of Pharmaceutical Products – Dimitrios Katsikas
  10. International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement – Durwood Zaelke, Kenneth Markowitz and Meredith R. Koparova
  11. Joint Forum – Kevin Young
  12. Transnational Policing – Monica den Boer

Part II. Arbitration Bodies Introduction

  1. Citizen Submission Process of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation – Thomas Hale
  2. Independent Accountability Mechanisms at Regional Development Banks – Daniel D. Bradlow and Andria Naude Fourie
  3. Transnational Commercial Arbitration – Dirk Lehmkuhl
  4. World Bank Inspection Panel – Thomas Hale

Part III. Multistakeholder Initiatives Introduction

  1. The Framework Convention Alliance – Ross MacKenzie
  2. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – Johanna Hanefeld
  3. Global Polio Eradication Initiative Mathias – Koenig Archibugi
  4. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – Jonathan Koppell
  5. International Coral Reef Initiative – Radoslav S. Dimitrov
  6. International Health Partnership and IHP – Anna Holzscheiter
  7. Multistakeholder Involvement in UN Conferences – Kathrin Bohling
  8. World Commission on Dams – Navroz K. Dubash

Part IV. Voluntary Regulations Introduction

  1. Carbon Disclosure Project – Eun-Hee Kim and Thomas P. Lyon
  2. Codex Alimentarius Commission – Tim Blithe and Nathaniel Harris
  3. The Equator Principles – Christopher Wright
  4. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative – Helmut Weidner
  5. Fair Labor Association – Kate MacDonald
  6. The Fair Trade System – Kate MacDonald
  7. Clean Clothes Campaign – Niklas Egels-Zanden
  8. Forest Stewardship Council – Philipp Pattberg
  9. Global Corporate Governance Principles – Andrew Baker
  10. Global Reporting Initiative – Halina S'zejnwald Brown
  11. International Organization for Standardization – Jonathan Koppell
  12. International Organization for Standardization 14001 – Matthew Potoski and Elizabeth Elwakeil
  13. Kimberly Process – Carola Kantz
  14. Marine Stewardship Council – Thomas Hale
  15. OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – Elisa Morgera
  16. Partnering against Corruption Initiative and the Business Principles for Countering Bribery – David Hess
  17. Responsible Care – Ivan Montiel
  18. Rugmark Mathias – Koenig Archibugi
  19. Social Accountability International – Rainer Braun
  20. International Council of Toy Industries Code of Conduct – Reinhard Biedermann
  21. United Nations Global Compact – Thomas Hale
  22. Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Right – Chip Pitts
  23. Worker Rights Consortium – Roberti S. Ross

Part V. Finance Mechanisms Introduction

  1. Carbon Offsets – Jessica F. Green
  2. Financing Mechanisms for Climate Change Mitigation – Charlotte Streck
  3. Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation – Andrew Harmer and Carlos Bruen
  4. UNITAID – Anna Holzscheiter

According to Hale and Held in the introduction to Handbook of Transnational Governance, governance institutions alter over time, often dramatically. Human societies have ruled themselves through tribes, city states, empires, kingdoms, leagues, confederations, nation states, and many variations thereon. The institutions that cut across and link these polities – transborder institutions – change as well. Records of treaties date back to the first permanent settlements. It was only in the last century, however, and especially since the Second World War, that the formal treaties and intergovernmental organizations we are familiar with became so numerous and authoritative.

But contemporary changes in global politics go beyond just the increasing number and importance of treaties and intergovernmental organizations. We live in a remarkable period of institutional innovation in transnational governance, with different types of institutions – some with historical antecedents, some unprecedented – playing a crucial role. Handbook of Transnational Governance maps these changes.

For example, following the 2008-9 global financial crisis, financial regulation has become a top concern of policymakers around the world. Much of this regulation is drawn up not simply by national politicians and diplomats, but by networks of government regulators, international bureaucrats and, in many cases, representatives of the regulated industries. Such networks, like the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (chapter 2) or the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (chapter 8), develop technical standards that profoundly shape the global economy.

In the environmental realm, countries have frequently failed to negotiate and enforce the rules needed to sustain the ecosystems and natural resources on which we depend. But private groups have gone ahead and developed their own standards and regulations, 'enforcing' them through innovative techniques like labeling schemes that allow consumers to choose green products over damaging ones (chap­ters 33, 39).

Even the institutions governing such a basic concern as health have evolved. Developing countries' healthcare systems are increasingly guided by global initiatives like the International Health Partnership and its related initiatives (chapter 23), a multisectoral, expert-driven consortium of donor countries, international organizations and a private organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In order to receive funds from these sources – which can mean life or death for millions of people – countries must design their healthcare delivery systems according to the experts' directives.

Examples like these raise three fundamental questions. What has changed, why has it changed, and what are the implications of these changes? Handbook of Transnational Governance addresses the first of these questions with the hope of opening a path to further research on the other two.

Handbook of Transnational Governance pushs forward a debate on institutional change at the transborder level that has been carried out predominantly in very broad or very narrow terms. On the broad end of the spectrum, some scholars have identified contemporary transnational governance institutions as partial or even complete replacements for national governments, predicting an epochal shift in political institutions. Others speak of a `postnational constellation' or of increasing sectoral autonomy and self-regulation, in turn, identified transnational networks of government offi­cials as a novel form of governance, but one that continued to rely on the state.

Hale and Held believe a synthesis of broad but detailed empirical work is the best way to advance our understanding of changes in transborder political institutions. Handbook of Transnational Governance bridges this divide by collecting empirical examples that will allow readers to consider a number of detailed cases in comparative perspective.

We are essentially using 17th-century institutional technology to confront 21st-century challenges. The traditional tools of interstate cooperation – intergovernmental organizations and treaties – have also proven inadequate. From the Doha trade round, to climate negotiations, to debates over nuclear non-proliferation, to financial reform, multilateral institutions seem stalled. This is not just a product of the plodding negotiations, weak enforcement provisions, power imbalances between states, and other difficulties associated with intergovernmental processes. Because these institutions rely on the consent and participation of sovereign states, they often reflect the lowest common denominator of political ambition.

Hale and Held do not argue that new kinds of institutions are a panacea for these problems. The same interests, power imbalances and transaction costs that prevent traditional institutions from effectively managing globalization will beset any new ones as well. They do not, however, subscribe to the view that institutions are merely epiphenomenal to these underlying conditions. Instead, they contend that innovative institutions designed in a way sensitive to the constraints upon them stand the greatest chance of improving transnational governance. Indeed, precisely because transborder institutions are strongly restricted by other factors, intelligent institutional design and innovation are all the more crucial.

The institutions presented in Handbook of Transnational Governance do not necessarily rise to this challenge. As the entries show, their record is quite mixed. Hale and Held argue that understanding recent institutional changes in transnational governance can help scholars and policymakers design and implement the kinds of institutions needed to manage globalization. They therefore give the new mechanisms in this volume the positive connotation of `innovations' in an aspirational sense.

A comprehensive starting-point for understanding the complex array of organizations, associations, and networks engaged in contemporary transnational governance. It shows us much about what we know and don't know – particularly about the impact of these novel arrangements. This volume can help to set the agenda for a new generation of scholarship on the politics of complex interdependence. – Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

The configuration of a multipolar world without the tools to fuel transnational efficiency and legitimacy is highly risky. This brilliant and comprehensive volume enriches previous research on the transformations of governance in the international community and it is essential for those seeking to understand the challenges ahead and their impact on world politics. – Javier Solana, President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy

An indispensable reference for anyone interested in global cooperation and problem-solving in the 21st century. By documenting multiple forms of transnational governance, from transgovernmental networks to multi-stakeholder coalitions to voluntary codes of conduct, the book describes a growing global infrastructure of regulation and enforcement. The authors also include arbitral bodies, which undergird a public-private system of law enforcement that is familiar to lawyers but is all too often left out by political scientists. I can't imagine anyone teaching or writing about this subject without consulting this book. – Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning, US State Department

Handbook of Transnational Governance is essential for those who want to explain why transborder governance has changed and to understand what implications these changes have for global politics. Never has such a broad sample of institutional innovations been gathered together, and such an empirical baseline is needed for sound theorizing of the causes and effects of innovations in transnational governance.

While the book is intended as a social scientific resource, it is also relevant for readers more interested in action than analysis.

Social Sciences / Anthropology

The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages edited by Katariina Mustakallio and Christian Laes (Childhood in the Past Monograph Series, Volume 2: Oxbow Books)

The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages examines conceptions, ideas and habits connected with children in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, focusing on the ‘dark sides of childhood’ which were considered dangerous or disturbing in the pre-modern world. The authors investigate the long-term attitudes of people, as well as ruptures in habits and customs. The articles are written by an international team of specialists from Belgium, Finland, Italy and the United States and were presented at conferences organized by the research project "Religion and Childhood. Socialisation from the Roman Empire to Christian World", funded by the Academy of Finland (2009-2012, directed by Dr. Katariina Mustakallio), at the University of Tampere, Finland.

In this collection the problem of socialization of the child is in focus. During the socialization process, cultural expectations are passed to the next generation, and social personhood is constructed and negotiated. In this sense, a child is also a cultural product. Cultural assumptions and institutions of society, as well as physical and psychical aspects and the gender of a child, are important when parents and the community decide 'is this our own child, or a changeling'.

Until recently researchers into childhood and family in Antiquity and the Middle Ages have rarely collaborated, or even compared results on topics of social, cultural and everyday life. The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages tries to answer this challenge and analyzes conceptions, ideas and habits connected with children in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this volume the contributors are looking for longue durée attitudes of people, as well as ruptures in habits and customs. As such, they do not try to cover everything, but concentrate especially on the 'dark sides of childhood' which were considered disturbing or dangerous in the pre-modern world.

As social-cultural historians occupied with histoire des mentalités the writers of The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages try to enter the mental frameworks of people from the past. This, however, often turns out to be a challenging endeavor, not least because it forces students of history to set aside many of their own assumptions or prejudices. When mentioning 'dark sides of childhood', most people nowadays would include such issues as child labor, pedophilia and sexual abuse, maltreatment and violence. Yet people in Antiquity and the Middle Ages did not consider these matters in the way the modern world does. Child labor was never viewed as an issue, since most children were gradually introduced into the adult world, and part of this process was initiation into the labor process. Sexual relations between adults and younger people in Antiquity were never taken for granted. However, those ancient authors who raised objections to the practice did so on account of the social status of the young people involved, and never related their objections to children's psychology. When early Christian authors attacked the ancient practice of pederasty they first and foremost wanted to distinguish Christian faith from pagan customs, rather than to consider the children's point of view in the matter. In a world where violence was very much part of everyday life, the subject of child-beating was never approached in the pedagogical or psychological way so typical of the twentieth century in the western world.

The collection of essays in The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages is divided into three parts according to their themes. The first part is called Unwanted, and deals with instances of parents who in some way or another were not able to bring up their baby and decided to hand it over to other people or to the cruel whims of destiny. The second theme is Disabled, which also includes instances that we would label as children's illnesses, since disability was a concept very much unknown to ancient people. The third part, Nearly Lost, consists of articles on demons, which were viewed as destructive forces able to destroy children or young people, sometimes by literally sucking their lives away.

In his article Infant Abandonment and the Christianization of Medieval Europe Ville Vuolanto focuses on child abandonment in the period when Christianity rose to a dominant position and started to influence people's values and ways of thinking. Vuolanto approaches the subject in two ways, by going back to its research history and secondly by analyzing the problem in a case study. According to Vuolanto, in many cases parents voluntarily left their infants in a place where their survival would be more certain than at home. Abandonment was not necessarily a desperate move, but a part of a family strategy designed to secure its future.

In The Dynamics of Infant Abandonment: Motives, Attitudes and (Unintended) Consequences Judith Evans Grubbs concentrates on the first three centuries of imperial Rome. On the one hand her aim is to clarify the motives behind the abandonment, and on the other to find out the possible legal consequences of the practice. According to the author, the practice became so acceptable symbolically that impoverished married couples could abandon their child in some circumstances, even when, from a practical viewpoint, they might have been able to take care of it. All in all, the practice was fairly easy to carry out before the fourth century CE, when there were only a few moral objections and no legal ones. From this time onwards, in order to curtail the prevailing practice, legislation set restrictions on it.

In his article Disabled Children in Gregory of Tours, Christian Laes has collected all the instances in which one of the dominant figures of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the West, Gregory of Tours, mentioned disabled children. The miracle stories indicate that disabilities were numerous, but we cannot get any systematic information on children's recovery or survival. Parents did not always kill their babies born with impairments, as some have assumed earlier. However, Laes supposes that infanticide of disabled children was a common phenomenon.

Laura Cherubini's article Hungry Witches and Children in Antiquity and the Middle Ages emphasizes the role of the supernatural creature called strix (or striga in the popular form), which characterizes many of the beliefs concerning the world of childhood. This creature is known from Latin sources and has been described as a type of nocturnal bird who harasses or even kills newborn babies. In her article, Cherubini points out that the concept of hungry witches was connected to the deep-seated fear of losing newborn babies, a consequence of the high rate of infant mortality in the pre-modern world.

In Sons of Demons? Children's Impairments and the Belief in Changelings in Medieval Europe (1150-1400), Jenni Kuuliala studies popular changeling lore in the medieval world. Her main focus is on the medieval texts and the early modern ideas that had an influence on beliefs. The article concentrates on those concepts which presented physically disabled children as changelings. More generally, Kuuliala aims to contribute to the discussion on the role of disabled and abnormal children in medieval society.

Last but not least, Sari Katajala-Peltomaa argues in her paper, Socialization Gone Astray? Children and Demonic Possession in Later Middle Ages, that demonic activity was used as an explanation for various problems within family life and parent-child relations. The aim of her article is to scrutinize explanations of when 'something goes wrong' in child rearing. She asks in what kind of situations malign spirits were used as an explanation for undesirable behavior in children, and how cases of demonic possession inform us about late medieval childhood and the socialization processes of this era.

Many aspects of these papers point to continuity between late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Childhood was considered a vulnerable period. In the pre-modern world infant mortality was high and many threats surrounded a young child. To protect newborn babies, Romans appealed to Iuno Lucina and powers like Intercidona, Pilumnus and Deverra. During the Middle Ages the main protectors were the Virgin Mary, St Nicholas and other saints. On the one hand, many poorer families had to give their children away, or even abandon them. Abandonment however, did not mean killing a child outright, but leaving it a slight possibility of survival if the place where the child was abandoned was well-known. Abandonment may have been an ultimate way of avoiding a child's death by starvation, but the symbolical acceptance of this social phenomenon during Antiquity had even wider consequences.

Other instances point to discontinuity and change concerning the issue of 'children and youth at risk.' The denunciation of child abandonment seems to be a marker of Christianization, though it is far from certain whether these strictures were always observed in everyday practice. Following the example of the healing stories in the Gospels, Christian authors indeed focused much more on instances of disabled or sick children, but again one can doubt whether this changed the way in which the disabled were treated or approached. Demonic possession was in many ways linked to the lives of medieval children. From the theological perspective, it arouses questions of allegedly innocent children's sins and parents' accountability. In medieval culture spirit possession seems to have become a rather gender specific phenomenon. Especially in the treatises of educated clerics it was interconnected with the female sex, women's roles and feminine spirituality.

In The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages the problem of socialization of a child is the focus. The work begins the process of bringing together researchers in childhood and family, crossing the traditional boundaries of time periods and scholarship and including different approaches.

Social Sciences / Sociology / Civics & Citizenship

Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State edited by Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale and Cody McCarroll (The University of Alberta Press)

These narratives unsettle the master narrative that 'Canada,' as a particular geographic space, is home to only one nation with a uniform citizenry – ‘equal’ and the same. – from the Introduction

Examining various cultural products – music, cartoons, travel guides, ideographic treaties, film, and especially the literary arts – the contributors of the thirteen essays in Narratives of Citizenship invite readers to conceptualize citizenship as a narrative construct, both in Canada and beyond. Focusing on indigenous and diasporic works, along with mass media depictions of indigenous and diasporic peoples, this collection problematizes the juridical, political, and cultural ideal of universal citizenship. Readers are asked to envision the nation-state as a product of constant tension between coercive practices of exclusion and assimilation.

Editors are Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta; Nancy Van Styvendale, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan; and Cody McCarroll, doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Contributors include the editors plus: David Chariandy, Lily Cho, Daniel Coleman, Jennifer Bowering, Sydney Iaukea, Marco Katz, Lindy Ledohowski, Carmen Robertson, Laura Schechter, Paul Ugor, Dorothy Woodman, and Robert Zacharias.

Narratives of Citizenship is divided into four parts: 1. The Iconography of the Anti-Citizen; 2. The Melancholic Canadian; 3. Envisioning Indigenous Citizenship; and 4. Race and the Diasporic Return. While each section has its own discrete focus, the concerns raised by each resonate with the others.

Reading the cultural production of a range of Indigenous and diasporic subjects (Japanese-Canadian, Bedouin, Tsimshian, and Nigerian), the contributors in Part One. The Iconography of the Anti-Citizen examine both the aesthetic constructions of the space ‘outside’ citizenship and the occupants of that space. They demonstrate that people who are apparently beyond the state's protection are still fundamental to the structure of citizenship, sometimes as homo sacer, the site of the sovereign's claim to legal illegality, sometimes as representatives of governance systems that operate antithetically to the patriarchal European model, and sometimes as coalitions who take over and transform the functions of government itself. Significantly, the critics in this section argue that the site of the exceptional figure, the figure both outside and often at the most terrible mercy of the law, is also a site of profound resistance.

Part Two: The Melancholic Canadian thinks through citizenship in terms of affect, race, and Diaspora. Contrary to legal definitions of citizenship that postulate a positive relation of person to citizenship, these essays concentrate on the losses and absences that inaugurate (and perpetuate) citizenship. They center on diasporic citizenship as it is rooted in the melancholic absence of ‘home,’ and they offer contending visions of the function of race within both diasporic theory and the Canadian institution of multiculturalism.

Part Three: Envisioning Indigenous Citizenship relocates textual narrative to the pictorial realm of ideographs, cartoons, and photography. Each critic advocates a reading practice that attends to the spaces – literal and figurative – between Indigenous particularity and the ‘universal’ citizenship of the colonial nation-state, focusing en the way these spaces are either opened up or foreclosed by visual media. Like Delisle, who discusses the Newfoundland Diaspora, all three of these critics explore the complex dance of multiple citizenships fostered by ‘nation-within-a-nation’ politics. In these three cases, however, the stakes are not those of carving out the citizenship of a European nation within a European nation; rather, Indigenous movements of longstanding work to maintain a radically separate mode of governance and personhood with respect to the assimilative and, more often than not exploitive agenda of the modern settler state.

Recalling thematics addressed by Delisle and Ledohowski, the essays in Part Four: Race and the Diasporic Return work to dislocate ‘home,’ but they do so by theorizing subjects who are racially marked as members of minority cultures in the United States, Peru, and Canada. Laura Schechter and Marco Katz both historicize the political climates that create the artists and the art of Diaspora, demonstrating that perceived commonalities of race and even national origin are shifting and unstable, as emblematized by the disorienting return ‘home.’ The artist must rely on his or her individual, strategic accommodation of the many available discourses of national and extra-national identity in both a personal and creative setting. Chariandy's essay, while less concerned with the geographies of home, maps the categories of race and nation over evolving academic models of minority culture citizenship. In so doing, he searches for a productive balance between the politics of destabilization and a call to participatory citizenship.

According to David Chariandy in the last selection, in Canada, racial and national models of social activism have tended to circulate around discourses that adhere civil recognition to a ‘multicultural’ racialized subject, which is problematic because multiculturalism assumes the social dominance of a Euro-Canadian nation-state. Diasporic citizenship theory is cognizant of the fact that citizenship for the racialized subject stands at the threshold of possibility and impossibility. Such theory does not assume that the racialized subject occupies an exceptional position; instead, it works to interrogate both universality and nationality as signifiers that privilege the Euro-American subject. This opens space to destabilize race as a sign of minority culture without installing a homogenous national other to race, which would once again reify that paradox of racialized citizenship noticed by Olivier Le Jeune. One must not, however, assume the work is to be done by theory alone. Chariandy focuses on works by Black Canadian authors whose novels do the cultural work of narrating possibilities of belonging, which is among the most current and vitally contested of the evaluation criteria of contemporary Canadian citizenship.

Narratives of Citizenship is a vital contribution to the growing scholarship on narrative, nationalism, and globalization.

 

Contents this Issue:

Alan Moore: Storyteller by Millidge Gary Spencer and Michael Moorcock (Universe)

How to Start a Home-Based Craft Business, 4th edition by Kenn Oberrecht (Home-Based Business Series: The Globe Perquot Press)

Warriors Super Edition: Crookedstar's Promise by Erin Hunter (Warriors Series: Harper)

When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs, illustrated by John Butler (Sleeping Bear Press)

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists, 2nd edition by J. A. Hitchcock, edited by Loraine Page with a foreword by Vinton Cerf (Information Today, Inc.)

Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch by Rob Dobrenski (Lyons Press)

 I Have a Voice: How to Stop Stuttering by Bob G. Bodenhamer, edited by Peter Young (Crown House Publishing Ltd.)

Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds by Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer (Bantam Books)

The March of Patriots: The Struggle for Modern Australia by Paul Kelly (Melbourne University Press)

Battleground: The Greatest Tank Duels in History edited by Steven J. Zaloga (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

Acts of Occupation: Canada and Arctic Sovereignty, 1918-25 by Janice Cavell and Jeff Noakes (UBC Press)

Combining Rug Hooking & Braiding: Basics, Borders, & Beyond by Kris McDermet, Christine Manges and Dianne Tobias (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn (William Morrow)

Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee's Novel by Holly Virginia Blackford (The University of Tennessee Press)

Cancer of the Skin: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, June K. Robinson, MD, Merrick I. Ross, MD, Robert J. Friedman, MD, MSc (Med), Clay J. Cockerell, MD, Henry W. Lim, MD, Eggert Stockfleth, MD, PhD, & John M. Kirkwood, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Diagnostic Imaging for the Emergency Physician: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Joshua Broder, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Goldman's Cecil Medicine: Expert Consult Premium Edition, 24th edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print, Single Volume (Goldman, Cecil Medicine: Text W/ Continually Updated Online) edited by Lee Goldman, MD and Andrew I. Schafer, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty with DVD by Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Mark R. Murphy, MD, Calvin M. Johnson Jr., MD and William Numa, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by James I. Cohen, MD, PhD, FACS and Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD, FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD, PhD and Elizabeth Montgomery, MD, series editor, John R. Goldblum (Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4-Volume Set edited by H. Richard Winn, MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology – 2 Volume Set, 10th edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Juan Rosai, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Meng Law, MD, Peter M. Som, MD and Thomas P. Naidich, MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Pain Management, 2nd edition: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Steven D. Waldman, MD, JD (Elsevier Saunders)

Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th edition: Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print by Robert M. Kliegman, MD, Bonita F. Stanton, MD, and Richard E. Behrman, MD; Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD, and Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD, (Elsevier Saunders)

At Home with Saint Benedict: Monastery Talks by Mark A. Scott, general editor Simeon Leiva, with a foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr (Monastic Wisdom Series, Number 27: Cistercian Publications)

A Play-Full Life: Slowing Down & Seeking Peace by Jaco J. Hamman (The Pilgrim Press)

Introduction To World Religions, revised, edited by Christopher H. Partridge (Fortress Press)

A Study Companion to Introduction to World Religions by Beth Wright (Fortress Press)

Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations edited by Nik Taylor and Tania Signal, with series editor Kenneth Shapiro (Human-Animal Studies Series, Volume II: Brill)

Women and Justice: It's a Crime, 5th edition by Roslyn Muraskin (Prentice Hall)

Handbook of Transnational Governance: New Institutions and Innovations edited by Thomas Hale and David Held (Polity)

The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages edited by Katariina Mustakallio and Christian Laes (Childhood in the Past Monograph Series, Volume 2: Oxbow Books)

Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State edited by Aloys N.M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale and Cody McCarroll (The University of Alberta Press)