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Ancient Egyptian Jewelry
American University in Cairo Press
420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2729
9789774169656, $19.95, HC, 116pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Jewelry was worn by ancient Egyptians at every level of society and, like their modern
descendants, they prized it for its aesthetic value, as well as a way to adorn and beautify the body.
It was also a conspicuous signifier of wealth, status, and power.
But jewelry in ancient Egypt served another fundamental purpose: its wearers saw it as a means
to absorb positive magical and divine powers -- to protect the living, and the dead, from the
malignant forces of the unseen. The types of metals or stones used by craftsmen were magically
important, as were the colors of the materials, and the exact positioning of all the elements in a
Compiled with commentary by Nigel Fletcher-Jones, "Ancient Egyptian Jewelry: 50
Masterpieces of Art and Design" draws on the exquisite collections in the archaeological
museums of Cairo to tell the story of three thousand years of jewelry-making, from simple
amulets to complex ritual jewelry to the spells that protected the king in life and assisted his
journey to the Otherworld in death.
Gold, silver, carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli were just some of the precious materials used
in many of the pieces, and this stunningly illustrated book beautifully showcases the colors and
exceptional artistry and accomplishment that make ancient Egyptian jewelry so dazzling to this
Critique: Beautifully illustrated in full color throughout, "Ancient Egyptian Jewelry: 50
Masterpieces of Art and Design" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative
compendium that would grace the shelves of any personal, professional, community, college, or
university library Egyptology collection in general, and Jewelry Craft, Jewelry Design, Antique
& Collectible Jewelry supplemental studies lists in particular.
The Economic Studies Shelf
The Economics of Violence
Gary M. Shiffman
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781107092464, $89.99, HC, 242pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: How do we understand illicit violence? Can we prevent it? Building on behavioral
science and economics, "The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform
our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism" by Professor Gary Shiffman begins with the idea
that humans are more predictable than we like to believe, and this ability to model human
behavior applies equally well to leaders of violent and coercive organizations as it does to
Humans ultimately seek survival for themselves and their communities in a world of
competition. While the dynamics of 'us vs. them' are divisive, they also help us to survive.
Access to increasingly larger markets, facilitated through digital communications and social
media, creates more transnational opportunities for deception, coercion, and violence.
If the economist's perspective helps to explain violence, then it must also facilitate insights into
promoting peace and security. If we can approach violence as behavioral scientists, then we can
also better structure our institutions to create policies that make the world a more secure place,
for us and for future generations.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of a four page Glossary of Terms, twenty
pages of Notes, and an eleven page Index, "The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral
Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism" is a model of meticulous
scholarship that is expertly organized and effectively presented. An impressively informative
contribution to our on-going national dialogue, especially given the dramatic impact that the
pandemic is having on both the American and the Global economies, "The Economics of
Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency, and
Terrorism" must be considered a core and essential addition to both college and university library
Contemporary Economic Studies collections and supplemental curriculum lists. It should be
noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, governmental policy makers, and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "The Economics of Violence" is also
readily available in a paperback edition (9781107465756, $24.99) and in a digital book format
Editorial Note: Gary Shiffman is a leading economist in the field of national and homeland
security working issues of choice and violence. He created Giant Oak (www.giantoak.com) to
efficiently deliverer domain-specific "big data" tools to those engaged in combating trafficking,
insurgency, and terrorism. Dr. Shiffman has been on faculty at Georgetown University for well
over a decade teaching and conducting research at the intersection of economics and security
(css.georgetown.edu). He was also the Chief of Staff of US Customs and Border Protection
(www.cbp.gov), a Managing Director of the Chertoff Group, a Senior Vice President at L-3, a
National Security Advisor in the US Senate, and served on active duty in the US Navy serving in
the Gulf War and in the Pentagon.
The Parenting Shelf
Parenting Bright Kids Who Struggle in School
PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813
9781646320332, $17.95, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Parenting Bright Kids Who Struggle in School: A Strength-Based Approach to
Helping Your Child Thrive and Succeed" was specifically designed and intended to guide parents
through the challenging and often unfamiliar landscape of raising kids who have been labeled
with learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorder, and
"Parenting Bright Kids Who Struggle in School": Builds upon Harvard professor Todd Rose's
groundbreaking research in the "Science of Individuality"; Helps parents target their child's
jagged profile of strengths and weaknesses; Explains a child's context of learning and multiple
pathways; Teaches revolutionary techniques to encourage strengths and mitigate weaknesses;
Helps parents manage the emotional fallout of raising a child who does not conform to the
"average" model of learning.
Drawing from her own experience as a parent of a child with learning differences (who is now a
highly successful adult), Dewey Rosetti outlines clear lessons from a quarter century of
advocating for kids who learn differently.
Critique: A unique and expertly written, organized and presented work that will be enormously
appreciated by parents of children with learning differences and difficulties, "Parenting Bright
Kids Who Struggle in School: A Strength-Based Approach to Helping Your Child Thrive and
Succeed" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic
library Parenting, Nursing Psychiatry & Mental Health, Learning Disabled Education, and
Children's Learning Disorders collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists.
Editorial Note: Dewey Rosetti is the co-founder of Parents Education Network (PEN), which
aims to educate parents and teachers on the latest and most effective methods for helping
children with learning differences succeed in school and in life. After more than 25 years of
experience as an advocate for individualized learning techniques, Dewey partnered with Harvard
professor Todd Rose to bring his revolutionary research in the "Science of Individuality" to
parenting kids who learn differently.
Building Love Together in Blended Families
Gary Chapman & Ron L. Deal
c/o Moody Publishers
820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610
9780802419057, $15.99, PB, 192pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren't always
enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life
change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages.
That's why experienced family counselors Gary Chapman and Ron Deal, have collaborated in
"Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily
Smart" to teach parents how the five love languages can help their blended family.
"Building Love Together in Blended Families" covers: The unique dynamics of stepfamilies;
How to overcome fear and trust issues in marriage; How to develop healthy parenting and
step-parenting practices; How the love languages should (and should not) be applied.
Parents of blended families are going to face many challenges, but with the right strategies and
smart work, any blended family can be stronger and healthier together with "Building Love
Together in Blended Families" as a kind of DIY instructional manual and guide.
Critique: Impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Building Love Together
in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart" is an invaluable
and unreservedly recommended addition to family, community, and academic library Parenting
collections and instructional reference supplemental studies lists. It should be noted that
"Building Love Together in Blended Families" is also readily available for personal reading lists
in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.06).
The Baby Sleep Plan
9781646116249, $11.99, PB, 156pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: If there's one thing every parent knows -- it's that you can't talk or bribe your baby into
falling asleep. "The Baby Sleep Plan: Sleep Train Your Way to a Happy and Healthy Baby " by
Rebecca Michi is a confident approach to teaching a baby the skills to not only get themselves to
sleep but stay asleep throughout the night.
"The Baby Sleep Plan" gives parents a complete course of instruction on transitioning their baby
through sleep training techniques, such as phasing out naps and pulling back on nighttime
feedings. Proven strategies for baby sleep training, like the 3-night Cry-It-Out Method and
soothing Michi Method, will teach any child to fall asleep independently, and proven techniques
will help parents to create a comforting nighttime routine for their baby that fits into the parent's
Critique: Exceptionally and thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and
presentation, "The Baby Sleep Plan: Sleep Train Your Way to a Happy and Healthy Baby" is an
extraordinary and effective instructional guide and DIY manual that is especially and
unreservedly recommended for anyone needing help with getting their baby to sleep at night (or
any other scheduled time). While especially recommended for community library Parenting
instructional collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Baby Sleep Plan:
Sleep Train Your Way to a Happy and Healthy Baby" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Rebecca Michi is a children's sleep consultant and founder of Slumber Academy,
a website that shows parents how to sleep train their children gently. She has more than 25 years
of experience working with families and more than a decade specializing in children's sleep.
Rebecca also speaks nationally at parenting conferences, workshops, and classes.
Paul Walker, Alexandra Walker, Calvin Walker
Robert D. Reed Publishers
PO Box 1992, Bandon, OR 97411
9781944297589, $12.95, PB, 168pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Unplugged: Hundreds of Activities for Teens to Do Without a Screen" is specifically
designed for teenagers and is comprised of hundreds of fun activities that teenagers can do that
don't involve a screen. Some of the ideas are free and only take a few minutes while others may
cost a small fortune and take years.
"Unplugged" is a unique compendium of useful ideas, including creative ways to earn money and
ideas to make parents happy. There are a number of activities teens can do with their friends or to
do to make new friends.
The first section includes lists of activities that people can do, from cooking to earning money.
The second includes things that teens should know about, like how to avoid being poor, how to
negotiate, how to tell if someone is lying, and other similar skills. The third is similar to the
second, only more focused on health.
Because some of the sections are simply long lists, at the bottom "activities" were added which
serve as hints or jumping-off points for that particular list.
Critique: Expertly organized and thoroughly 'user friendly' in presentation, "Unplugged:
Hundreds of Activities for Teens to Do Without a Screen" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to family, community, and academic library Contemporary Parenting
instructional reference and resource collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"Unplugged: Hundreds of Activities for Teens to Do Without a Screen" is also readily available
in a digital book format (Kindle, 6.99).
The General Fiction Shelf
When All Is Said
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10010
9781250251336, $17.99, PB, 336pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan.
He's alone, as usual -- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass,
because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.
Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the
most to him. Through these stories of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a
fierce love that never found its voice, the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid
Critique: One of those very special novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the
book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, "When All Is Said" by Anne Griffin is
an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library
Contemporary Literary Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that
"When All Is Said" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a
complete and unabridged audio book (Macmillan Audio, 9781250315823, $39.99, CD).
The OK End of Funny Town
BOA Editions, Ltd.
9781950774050, $16.98, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A fastidious pet robot with a knack for knitting. A soporific giant pitching camp in the
middle of a city. A mysterious mime whose upcoming performance has the whole town on
These are some of the stories comprising Mark Polanzak's BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning
"The OK End of Funny Town". These are stories that stitch fantastic situations into the drab
fabric of everyday life. As an author, Polanzak delights in stretching every boundary he
encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at the New Community School, to the
ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine.
Wondrous yet familiar, "The OK End of Funny Town" deftly excavates the layers between our
collective obsession with passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection.
Critique: An anthology of deftly crafted short stories, with each one being a literary gem, "The
OK End of Funny Town" by Mark Polanzak is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended
addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The OK End of Funny Town" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.69).
Editorial Note: Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid fiction/memoir POP! (Stillhouse,
2016). His stories have appeared in The Southern Review and The American Scholar, and
anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. He is a founding editor of draft: the
journal of process and a contributor to the podcast, The Fail Safe. A graduate of the University of
Arizona's MFA program in fiction, Mark teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of
Music in Boston.
The Romantic Fiction Shelf
Gone With the Rogue
St. Martin's Press
9781250218780, $7.99, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband's life -- but it didn't drown Julia
Fairbright's courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now,
the ton's most notorious rogue is back, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She
can't deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will
surely break her heart.
Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every
continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress:
the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own.
What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could
have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett's only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and
young Chatwyn his son. But she won't take his hand -- how can he convince her that his love is
real and his heart is hers?
Critique: Author Amelia Grey's "Gone With The Rogue" is a pitch-perfect historical romance by
a novelist with a complete mastery of the storytelling arts. While certain to be an enduringly
popular addition to community library Historical Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted
for personal reading lists that "Gone With The Rogue" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $7.99).
The Western Fiction Shelf
Gunfight At Hilton's Crossing
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444844078, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 232pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Drifter Chuck Mellors is wondering where his next dollar will come from when he
receives an enticing proposition from an unpleasant red-headed man and his cousin. Thinking he
is only helping to collect a debt, Chuck is tricked into assisting in a robbery that ends in a murder
and he finds himself an unwitting fugitive from the law. Seeking justice not only for himself, but
also for the widow and child who are suffering as a consequence of the crime, Chuck embarks
upon a long journey through the Indian Territories to Texas that includes his foiling a train
robbery and hooking up with a ruthless bounty hunter. Then in the little town of Hilton's
Crossing, matters reach a shocking, surprising and deadly resolution.
Critique: Bill Cartwright is a master storytelling whose western tales are as original as they are
entertaining. With many an unexpected plot twist and cliff-hanging turn, this large print edition
of "Gunfight At Hilton's Crossing" will prove to be a solidly entertaining and enduringly popular
addition to the personal reading lists of dedicated western novel buffs and community library
Western Fiction collections.
Incident At Elk Horn
Linford Western Fiction
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444842739, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 288pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When bounty hunter Gustavus Greeley rides into Elk Horn, he learns that Marshal Sam
Detmeyer has failed to return from investigating a shooting at the nearby Baker farm. Riding out
to the farm, Greeley finds Mr and Mrs Baker and their son dead, Detmeyer badly wounded, and
their two daughters missing. Arrows have been used, and the girls are presumed to be captives of
the Apaches -- but are they really responsible? Or are brothers David and Will Preston,
newcomers to Elk Horn looking for land to take up ranching, somehow involved?
Critique: Author Steven Gray is a master of the western novel genre and this large print edition
from the Linford Western Fiction collection documents his abilities to craft the kind of riveting
read that is laced through and through wit unexpected plot twists and turns. A simply riveting
read from first page to last, "Incident At Elk Horn" will be an extraordinarily appreciated
addition to community library Western Fiction collections and the personal reading lists of
dedicated western novel fans.
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444844085, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 224pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis; When professional card player Jack Rogan decides to return home from years of
gambling on Mississippi riverboats, he makes a mistake by taking what he thinks is a shorter,
faster route back to his home town in Texas. But the Louisiana swamps are teeming with danger,
not least of which is a man called Gaston Savoy, his nephew Homer Lamb, and their isolated
backwoods kin from the secluded waterside community of Whistler. Captured and stripped of
money, guns and his mare, Jack is compromised into making a deal with his captors. Soon, he
discovers the real reason for his internment -- and just what is expected of him.
Critique: Another carefully crafted and impressively original western novel by a true master of
the genre, Abe Dancer's "Blackwater" is now readily available in a large print paperback edition,
making it highly recommended for both the personal reading lists of all dedicated western fans,
and community library Western Fiction collections.
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444843453, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 240pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When drifter Lew Archer meets a priest while traveling along a lonely road in Texas,
he thinks nothing of it. But this chance encounter sets in motion a train of events which sees
Archer escorting a party of nuns through hostile territory to start a school on the Mexican border.
With war and bloodshed around them, Lew Archer is the best man to help them make their way
to safety, although why he should take the trouble to do so is a mystery to everybody -- including
Critique: Another deftly crafted western novel by author Ed Roberts featuring a reluctant hero,
"Archer's Luck" is a fully entertaining and original story that will be particularly appreciated by
western action/adventure fans in general and this large print edition a popular addition to
community library collections in particular.
The Lawless Breed
Linford Western Library
c/o Ulverscroft Large Print (USA), Inc.
PO Box 1230, West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
9781444843422, $21.49, PB, Large Print, 264pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: After Wesley Sumner is released from prison for killing the three men who murdered
his aunt, he and his young cellmate Corey Madison go in search of work as ranch hands. But
their newfound freedom is short-lived when they are arrested for a crime they didn't commit. And
when Corey dies after a savage beating from their brutal captors, Sumner must tell the boy's sister
June. Vowing revenge, when Wesley learns that the two deputies who beat Corey have lost their
jobs and are now themselves on the run from the law, Sumner begins a long and dangerous
journey, slowly but surely tracking down his friend's killers -- and along the way must confront
more men hell bent on taking his life.
Critique: Auther Ralph Hayes clearly knows how to craft a riveting western with inherently
riveting and unexpected plot twists and turns. His novel, "The Lawless Breed" will prove to be an
especially welcome read for all dedicated western fans and this large print edition from the
Linford Western Library collection is unreservedly recommended for community library Western
The Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Man on Edge
9780727889140, $28.99, HC, 288pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Trauma surgeon Carrie Walker is taken aback when her estranged uncle makes contact
out of the blue. Senior Russian naval officer Artyom Semenov claims to be in possession of an
explosive piece of information which he is offering to share with the West. But can he be
Traveling to Moscow undercover to meet with Semenov, Carrie finds herself stranded when the
carefully-planned operation goes catastrophically awry. In grave danger, there's only one person
she can turn to for help: her former fiance, Major Rake Ozenna of the Alaska National
Aware how vital it is that he reaches Carrie before others do, Rake knows he's pitted against a
powerful and lethal enemy. But is it a rogue agent - or the Russian state? As preparations gather
pace for a high-profile NATO exercise off the Norwegian coast, Rake must act fast if he is to
prevent a global catastrophe.
Critique: A deftly crafted and simply riveting read from beginning to cliff-hanger ending, "Man
On Edge" by Humphrey Hawksley is an inherently compelling, impressively entertaining, and
unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library
Contemporary Suspense/Thriller Fiction collections. It should be noted that "Man On Edge" is
also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99) and librarians should be aware that
there is also a complete and unabridged audio book edition (Oakhill Publishing, 9781787719750,
The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
175 Varick Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10014
9780374538552, $16.00, PB, 416pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept
her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of
followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm.
But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the
rhythms of Miranda's peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable
demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is
willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe.
Critique: A master storyteller, with "The Boatman's Daughter" by novelist Andy Davidson is a
deftly crafted story that is an inherently fascinating and compulsive page turner of a read from
beginning to end. While an exceptional and highly recommended addition to community library
Occult/Gothic/Fantasy fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The
Boatman's Daughter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
The Audiobook Shelf
Recorded Books, LLC
270 Skip Jack Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
B085P1BHM8, $TBA, CD, 23discs, 26.5 hours, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: For all that has been written about the author of the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
(1265-1321) remains the best guide to his own life and work. Dante's writings are therefore never
far away in this authoritative and comprehensive intellectual biography, which offers a fresh
account of the medieval Florentine poet's life and thought before and after his exile in 1302.
Beginning with the often violent circumstances of Dante's life, the book examines his successive
works as testimony to the course of his passionate humanity: his lyric poetry through to the Vita
nova as the great work of his first period; the Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia and the poems of
his early years in exile; and the Monarchia and the Commedia as the product of his maturity.
Describing as it does a journey of the mind, "Dante" by John Took confirms the nature of Dante's
undertaking as an exploration of what he himself speaks of as 'maturity in the flame of love'. The
result is an original synthesis of Dante's life and work.
Critique: Ably and professionally narrated by John Took, this complete and unabridged audio
book of the extraordinary life of Dante is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition
to personal listening lists, as well as both community and academic library Italian History &
The Library CD Shelf
Songs for Singin'
The Okee Dokee Brothers
$17.99 CD / $9.98 MP3 amazon.com
Songs for Singin' is a two-disc studio album from Grammy award-winning banjo-and-guitar duo
The Okee Dokee Brothers. A songbook with lyrics and chords is included, in this music
collection created especially to encourage living-room sing-alongs. Songs for Singin' is family-
friendly, yet the lively, catchy collection is sure to appeal to vocal enthusiasts of all ages and
backgrounds. From call and response tunes to sea shanties, church hymns, campfire songs, social
songs, protest songs, and more, Songs for Singin' is a joy to share and highly recommended
especially for public library collections. The tracks of disc 1 "Day" are Hope Machine; Early
Bird; Neighborhood Band; One Little Heart; Sally-O; If You Want a Song; Jubilation; Music
Train; Sunnyside Up; Afternoon Walk; Colors; Wastin' Time; Grandmaderation; You Are the
One; and Language of the Flowers. The tracks of disc 2 "Night" are Raise a Ruckus; Campin'; In
My Bones; Let's Throw a Party; Jumbo Gumbo; Ask Away; Church of the Woods; Singin' for
Me Supper; Go Slow; Thank You; and Seasons in a Day; and Hushabye.
The Library DVD/Blu-ray Shelf
Humans: Complete Collection
c/o RLJ Entertainment
$69.99 Blu-ray amazon.com
Humans: Complete Collection is the uncut, British edition of the science fiction saga about the
society-wide repercussions of artificial androids that obtain human-like consciousness. All three
series are included in this six-disc Blu-ray set. Series 1 focuses on the troubles that individuals
have sharing their homes and lives with synthetic humans, or "synths". Series 2 explores the
ramifications of when obedient synths obtain the right to free will. Series 3 portrays a persecuted
synth population struggling to survive in a world that has turned against them. Gripping, thought-
provoking, and enriched with two and a half hours of bonus features, Humans: Complete
Collection is a "must-have" for connoisseurs of quality science fiction. 6 Blu-ray discs, 24
episodes, 19.5 hours.
The Military Shelf
University of Missouri Press
201 S. 7th Street, Columbia, MO 65211
9780826221940, $40.00, HC, 500pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Lessons Unlearned: The U.S. Army's Role in Creating the Forever Wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq" by Colonel Pat Proctor is a long overdue critique of the Army's preparation
and outlook in the all-volunteer era focuses on a national security issue that continues to vex in
the twenty-first century: Has the Army lost its ability to win strategically by focusing on fighting
conventional battles against peer enemies? Or can it adapt to deal with the greater complexity of
counterinsurgent and information-age warfare?
In a blunt and detailed critique of the senior leadership of the U.S. Army, Proctor contends that
after the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Army stubbornly refused to reshape itself in response
to the new strategic reality, a decision that saw it struggle through one low-intensity conflict after
another (some inconclusive, some tragic) in the 1980s and 1990s, and leaving it largely
unprepared when it found itself seemingly forever engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lessons Unlearned" is the first book-length study to connect the failures of these wars to
America's disastrous performance in the war on terror and ably serves as an attempt to convince
Army leaders to avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Critique: Enhanced for academia and historians with a twenty page Bibliography and a forty-two
page Index, "Lessons Unlearned: The U.S. Army's Role in Creating the Forever Wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq" is a seminal work of military/political analysis and should be considered as
an essential, core addition to community, academic, and governmental Contemporary Military
History & Studies collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students,
academia, military commanders, governmental policy makers, military history buffs, and non-
specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Lessons Unlearned" is also readily
available in a digital book format (Kindle, $31.99).
Editorial Note: Pat Proctor, Colonel, US Army, Ret., is a veteran of both the Iraq and the
Afghanistan wars. He recently served as a chief of operations group at the Mission Command
Training Program and currently is an Assistant Professor of History at Wichita State University.
He is the author of Containment and Credibility: The Ideology and Deceptions that Plunged
America into the Vietnam War.
Writings on Standing Armies
David Womersley, editor
Liberty Fund, Inc.
11301 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032-4564
9780865979116, $24.00, HC, 746pp, www.libertyfund.org
Synopsis: The questions of where to locate, in whose hands to place, and how to exercise the
state's powers of deadly military force inform a perennial topic in political theory and coalesce
into a recurrent problem in political practice. Deftly compiled and edited by Professor David
Womersley, "Writings on Standing Armies", a newly collected, authoritative edition of the most
important pamphlets on the "standing armies" controversy of 1697 - 98. In addition, these
writings express a subtext that is of equal and enduring importance: the transforming effects
exerted by the prolonged possession of power on individuals and administrations.
Whether arms should be entrusted to a standing army or reserved to a citizen militia is a central
theme in a political tradition that descends from Machiavelli. Part of the popular grievance
against James II in the years leading up to the Glorious Revolution had been suspicion of his
maintenance of troops in time of peace, because it was feared this might be used as an instrument
Therefore, when the Bill of Rights was drawn up in 1689, one of the articles explicitly addressed
this concern, specifying "the raising and keeping a Standing Army, within this Kingdom, in time
of Peace, without Consent of Parliament" as one of James II's transgressions against his people,
and consequently declared that "the raising or keeping a Standing Army within this Kingdom in
time of Peace, unless it be with Consent of Parliament, is against Law."
However, in the 1690s, William III had steadily increased the number of his troops until, by
1696, it exceeded the number maintained by James II. The crisis split the Whigs into those
determined to stand by the principle of opposition to standing armies versus those content to
modify principles for the practical exigencies of government.
Professor Womersley's informative introduction situates these texts in the European debate about
standing armies and places them in the narrower context of the specifically English altercations
on the subject during the reigns of William III, George I, and George II.
Critique: A seminal historical resource on the subject, "Writings on Standing Armies" is
especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and
university library collections. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist
general readers with an interest in the subject that "Writings on Standing Armies" is also readily
available in a paperback edition (9780865979123, $14.50).
Editorial Note: David Womersley is the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the
University of Oxford. He has published widely on English literature from the early sixteenth to
the early nineteenth centuries. He is also the editor of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (2012)
for Cambridge University Press.
Lt. Elsie Ott's Top Secret Mission
Jeffrey S. Copeland
3600 Labore Road, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55110-4144
9781557789419, $18.95, PB, 218pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Lt. Elsie Ott's historic, top secret mission in January 1943 helped pave the way for
dramatic changes in the way wounded an ill soldiers received vital care: aeromedical evacuation.
Lt. Ott was given the task of transporting five critically ill and wounded patients from Karachi,
India, to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. The mission unfolded over 13,000 miles
and six and a half days by air transport, a journey that at the time normally would have averaged
three and a half months by truck, ship, and train.
During the groundbreaking journey, Lt. Ott and her patients faced German Fighters, guerilla
snipers, altitude challenges, logistical nightmares, and more. In the end, her efforts provided the
foundation for a new "Flight Evacuation Nurse" program that sent hundreds of nurses to the air,
saving the lives of thousands of soldiers the remainder of the war. For her bravery, determination,
and courage, Lt. Ott was the first woman to be awarded the Army Air Medal.
The lessons learned at the time also helped establish aeromedical evacuation teams (today
shortened to MEDEVAC) all over the globe, providing medical care and coverage that has saved
millions of lives.
Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Lt.
Elsie Ott's Top Secret Mission: The WWII Flight Nurse Pioneer of Aeromedical Evacuation" by
Jeffrey S. Copeland is a unique and invaluable contribution to community and academic library
American Military History collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Lt. Elsie
Ott's Top Secret Mission: The WWII Flight Nurse Pioneer of Aeromedical Evacuation" is also
readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95).
Editorial Note: Jeffrey Copeland is Professor and Head of the Department of Languages and
Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches children's and young adult
literature courses and English Education. He has authored and edited over two dozen books,
including Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII, Olivia's Story:
The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind 'Shelley V. Kraemer', Shell Games: The Life and Times of
Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist, Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The
Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire, Finding Fairfield, and Plague in
Paradise: The Black Death in Los Angeles, 1924.
The Native American Studies Shelf
Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245
9781611863529, $39.95, PB, 376pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Taking up Lisa Brooks's notion of "spinning the binary" between oral and literary
forms and Christopher Teuton's explication of the graphic mode, "Picturing Worlds: Visuality
and Visual Sovereignty in Contemporary Anishinaabe Literature" by David Stirrup (Professor of
American Literature and Indigenous Studies at the University of Kent) examines the uses
that a range of Anishinaabe authors make of art and artists.
Arguing that the mark on a surface (whether it be an ancient pictograph or a contemporary
painting) intervenes, in the works under scrutiny, in such artificial divisions as precolonial/oral
and postcontact/alphabetically literate societies, the text examines the ways Anishinaabe authors
establish frameworks for continuity, resistance, and sovereignty in that "space" where
conventional narratives of settlement read rupture.
"Picturing Worlds" is a significant contribution to studies of the ways traditional forms of
inscription support and amplify the oral tradition and in turn how both the method and aesthetic
of inscription contribute to contemporary literary aesthetics and the politics of
Critique: A seminal work of outstanding scholarship, "Picturing Worlds: Visuality and Visual
Sovereignty in Contemporary Anishinaabe Literature" is enhanced for academia with the
inclusion of a twenty-six page Bibliography, twenty pages of Notes, and a seven page Index. An impressively informative and exceptionally well organized and presented study, "Picturing
Worlds" will prove to be an especially valued addition to community and academic library
Native American Studies collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists. It should be
noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject
that "Picturing Worlds" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $37.95).
The Health/Medicine Shelf
Dr. Kabran Chapek
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40th Street, Floor 21, New York, NY 10018-2522
9780806540238, $16.95, PB, 272pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When there is a head injury, whether on the sports field, in a car accident, falling off a
bicycle, or in the course of military service, the consequences of a concussion is not always
immediately apparent. Concussion can range from debilitating to devastating. In fact, Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI) is fast becoming a national health crisis, with millions of Americans visiting
emergency rooms with a TBI each year. But there are proven, effective steps for healing.
"Concussion Rescue: A Comprehensive Program to Heal Traumatic Brain Injury" is a truly
groundbreaking book in which Dr. Kabran Chapek draws upon his years of experience and
expertise to describe in detail the programs and protocols he uses at the Amen Clinics to put
patients on a pathway to recovery. For anyone struggling with the effects of concussion,
"Concussion Rescue" carefully guide the reader through strategies from the cutting edge of brain
Critique: Expertly written, organized and presented, "Concussion Rescue: A Comprehensive
Program to Heal Traumatic Brain Injury" is ideal for the non-specialist general reader with an
interest in the subject. While unreservedly recommended for community and academic library
Health/Medicine collections in general, and Traumatic Brain Injury supplemental curriculum
studies in particular, it should be noted for personal reading list that "Concussion Rescue" is also
readily available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $9.99) and in a complete and unabridged
audio book (HighBridge Audio, 9781684577583, $34.99, CD).
Editorial Note: Dr. Kabran Chapek has been a staff physician at Amen Clinics since 2013. As a
graduate of Bastyr University in the Seattle area, he is an expert in the use of functional and
integrative treatments and collaborates extensively with many of the Amen Clinics physicians.
He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia, traumatic
brain injuries, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Chapek is the also the founding president of the
Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American
Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
How Not to Diet
Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
9781250199225, $32.50, HC, 608pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Every month seems to bring a trendy new diet or weight loss fad -- and yet obesity
rates continue to rise, and with it a growing number of diseases and health problems. Clearly, it is
time for a different approach.
Enter Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder
of the Nutrition Facts website. With "How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy,
Permanent Weight Loss", Dr. Greger now turns his attention to the latest research on the leading
causes (and remedies) of obesity.
Dr. Greger hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss, while considering how these
foods actually affect our health and longevity. He lays out the key ingredients of the ideal
weight-loss diet - factors such as calorie density, the insulin index, and the impact of foods on
our gut microbiome - showing how plant-based eating is crucial to our success.
But "How Not to Diet" goes beyond food to identify twenty-one weight-loss accelerators
available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like
chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities. Dr. Greger
builds the ultimate weight loss guide from the ground up, taking a timeless, proactive approach
that can stand up to any new trend.
Comprised of actionable advice and groundbreaking dietary research, "How Not to Diet" will put
an end to dieting by replacing those constant weight-loss struggles with a simple, healthy,
Critique: Exceptionally informative, ultimately inspiring, expertly written, organized and
presented, "How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss"
must be considered as an essential, groundbreaking, core addition to all community and academic
library Health/Medicine collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "How Not
to Diet" is also readily available in a paperback edition (Pan Macmillan UK, 978-1529038705,
$23.95), in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.99), and as a complete and unabridged audio book
(Macmillan Audio, 9781250240590, $59.99, CD).
Editorial Note: A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine,
Michael Greger is a physician and an internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety,
and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before
Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous
"meat defamation" trial. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine
Trailblazer Award. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts
University School of Medicine. His first book How Not to Die became an instant New York
Times Best Seller. All proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements is
entirely donated to charity.
The Theatre/Cinema Shelf
Smith & Kraus Publishers
177 Lyme Road, Lyme NH 03755-6610
9781575259413, $19.95, PB, 332pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Sanford "Sandy" Meisner (August 31, 1905 - February 2, 1997) was an American actor
and acting teacher who developed an approach to acting instruction that is now known as the
Meisner technique. While Meisner was exposed to method acting at the Group Theatre, his
approach differed markedly in that he completely abandoned the use of affective memory, a
distinct characteristic of method acting. Meisner maintained an emphasis on "the reality of
doing", which was the foundation of his approach. (Wikipedia)
Larry Silverberg is arguably the foremost master acting teacher of our time. He is especially
renowned for his best selling books on the Meisner Approach to acting. Larry is also director of
True Acting Institute, where he trains actors and acting teachers from around the globe.
In "Meisner Complete", Silverberg provides aspiring actors and acting teachers with a complete
update of his previous four Meisner workbooks. With "Meisner Complete", even the most novice
of acting students can learn a lot by a simple reading, or just doing the exercises and venturing
into the unknown -- the creative zone.
Critique: Expertly written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation,
"Meisner Complete" is an ideal acting class curriculum textbook and especially recommended for
personal, professional, community, and academic library Performing Arts collections and
supplemental studies lists.
The Education Shelf
Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change
Marilena Antoniadou & Mark Crowder, editors
Edward Elgar Publishing
9 Dewey Court, Northampton, MA 01060-3815
9781788119184, $155.00, HC, 392pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working
lives, "Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change" is an impressively timely and
collective study that investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons
for these changes and their potential future impacts. The contributors to "Modern Day Challenges
in Academia: Time for a Change" draw upon their professional and academic experience of work
and research in both traditional and contemporary institutions, utilizing theoretical and empirical
methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day
Split across three chronological parts "Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change"
guides the reader through the phases of an academic's working life and the unique challenges
encountered at each stage. For those entering academia key issues considered relate to career
paths and motivations and transitions from industry to academia. During academia chapters study
the understanding of external examiners, questions surrounding student supervision, work-life
balance, use of technology and the trade off between teaching and research. Upon leaving
academia concerns turn to the difficulties of working past retirement age and emeritus roles.
Exploring how academics survive and thrive in the modern higher education arena, "Modern Day
Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change" is an analytical resource will prove to be a useful
tool for new and established academics and policy makers working in higher education as well as
for program leaders in educational management.
Critique: The twenty-two erudite and insightful article comprising "Modern Day Challenges in
Academia: Time for a Change" are deftly organized into three major sections: Entering
Academia; During Academia; and Leaving Academia. A compendium of original and seminal
scholarship throughout, "Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change" is
particularly and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, college, and university
library Contemporary Education Issues collections and supplemental curriculum studies
Editorial Note: The contributors to "Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change "
include: A. Agarwal, D. Anderton, K.E. Andreasen, M. Antoniadou, W. Chambers, C. Cook, M.
Crowder, P. Cureton, E. Epaminonda, M. Gibson-Sweet, J. Haddock-Fraser, J. Jones, A.
Karayiannis, H. Kogetsidis, P.D. Ktoridou, S.-J. Lennie, B. Longden, S. Marriott, M.
Mouratidou, T. Proctor, A. Rasmussen, C. Rees, S.K. Rehbock, K. Rowlands, P.J. Sandiford, J.
Stewart, S. Wells
Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools
Christine E. Sleeter & Miguel Zavala
Teachers College Press
1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
9780807763469, $90.00, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Research" by
Christine E. Sleeter (Professor Emerita in the College of Education at California State University,
Monterey Bay) and Miguel Zavala (Director of the Urban Learning Program in the Charter
College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles) is timely and compelling
volume that conceptualizes Ethnic Studies not only as a vehicle to transform and revitalize the
school curriculum but also as a way to reinvent teaching.
Drawing on Professor Sleeter's research review on the impact of Ethnic Studies commissioned by
the National Education Association (NEA), the two authors collaboratively show how the
traditional curriculum's Eurocentric view of the world affects diverse student populations. The
text highlights several contemporary exemplars of curricula (from classroom level to district or
state-wide) illustrating core concepts in Ethnic Studies across a variety of disciplines and grade
Of special note is a final chapter that considers how research on P-12 ethnic studies can be
conceptualized and conducted in ways that further both advocacy and program
Critique: An ideal curriculum textbook and the newest addition to the 'Multicultural Education
Series' from Teacher College Press, "Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools: Curriculum,
Pedagogy, and Research" is essential reading for educators working to transform schools by re-
humanizing learning spaces for all students. It should be noted for school district, college, and
university library Ethnic Demographic Studies and Cultural Anthropology collections and
curriculum development studies. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of education
studies, academia, curriculum developers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in
the subject that "Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and
Research" is also readily available in a paperback (9780807763452, $29.95) and in a digital book
format (Kindle, $16.17).
The Art Shelf
Stories in Light
Nancy Cavadini & Cecilia Davis Cunningham
University of Notre Dame Press
310 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
9780268107420, $24.00, PB, 200pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame contains one of the
largest collections of late nineteenth-century French stained glass outside of France. The French
Gothic - inspired church has forty-four large stained glass windows containing two hundred and
twenty scenes. Today, more than 100,000 visitors tour the basilica each year to admire its
architecture or participate in the beautiful liturgies. Honoring both the Sacred Heart and the
Virgin Mary, the vibrant windows have, for more than a century, drawn visitors and worshippers
alike into a conversation with the art and faith found in the windows.
"Stories in Light: A Guide to the Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame"
by the team of Nancy Cavadini and Cecilia Davis Cunningham is an informative and
conveniently sized guidebook tells the unique story of the windows: the improbable creation of a
glassworks by cloistered Carmelite nuns in LeMans, France, and their stained glass that so
perfectly illuminated the late nineteenth-century French Catholic spirituality of the Congregation
of Holy Cross, who established the University of Notre Dame.
The words of Father Edward Sorin, CSC, founder of the university, are featured throughout the
text. He saw the basilica and its windows as an avenue for teaching this spirituality. "Stories in
Light" describes the windows according to their location in the building, from the narthex at the
entrance to the Lady Chapel behind the altar.
Full-color photographs provide a detailed view of the scenes found in each window. These
photos are accompanied by informed commentary on the historical and theological importance of
the windows, the iconography of featured saints, and how they illuminate the work of the Holy
Cross to educate both mind and spirit.
"Stories in Light" is an easy-to-read book written for all who visit the basilica, including faculty,
students, alumni, and friends and family of Notre Dame, and for readers everywhere who want to
know more about the rich history and heritage of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart's stained
Critique: A beautifully illustrated and impressively informative volume, "Stories in Light: A
Guide to the Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame" is an extraordinary
and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Stained
Glass Artwork collections in general, and University of Notre dame Basilica art history reading
lists in particular.
Editorial Note: Nancy Cavadini (Marquette University, M.A. in Theology) has served in religious
formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross and as an ecumenical and interfaith officer.
Cecilia Davis Cunningham (Florida State University, M.A. in Art History) became a tour guide
at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in 1999. Her years of teaching have allowed her to introduce
numerous visitors to the art and history of the basilica.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Sarah Howgate, author
David Hockney, artist
National Portrait Gallery, London
c/o Distributed Art Publishers
155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507
9781855147973, $45.00, HC, 208pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: David Hockney (born 1937) is considered one of the most celebrated contemporary
British artists. Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art with
R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier. Graduating with a gold medal, he became a leading
figure in pop art. His work encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and stage
Published to accompany a major international exhibition, "David Hockney: Drawing from Life"
by Sarah Howgate features Hockney's drawings from the 1950s to the present day, and focuses
on his depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell;
his mother, Laura Hockney; and his friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer,
Maurice Payne. In his portrait drawings of these figures, Hockney tries out new stylistic
experiments and expresses his admiration for his artistic predecessors, from Holbein to
Featuring 150 beautifully reproduced works from public and private collections across the world,
"David Hockney: Drawing from Life" traces the trajectory of Hockney's drawing practice by
examining how he has revisited these five figures throughout his career. Highlights include a
series of new portraits, colored pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s, composite
Polaroid portraits from the 1980s and a selection of drawings from an intense period of
self-scrutiny during the 1980s when the artist created a self-portrait every day for two
Critique: A beautifully produced volume that deftly showcases the artwork and career of one of
Britain's most influential modern artists over the past sixty years, "David Hockney: Drawing
from Life" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal,
professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Art History collections in
general, and David Hockney supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
The Philosophy Shelf
Seven Types of Atheism
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10010
9780374261092, $25.00, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a shrill, narrow derision of
religion in the name of an often vaguely understood "science". In "Seven Types of Atheism",
John Gray describes the complex, dynamic world of older atheisms, traditions that in many ways
is intertwined with and as rich as religion itself.
Along a spectrum that ranges from the convictions of "God-haters" like the Marquis de Sade to
the mysticism of Arthur Schopenhauer, from Bertrand Russell's search for truth in mathematics
to secular political religions like Jacobinism and Nazism, Gray explores the various ways great
minds have attempted to understand the questions of salvation, purpose, progress, and evil. The
result is a study that sheds an extraordinary light on what it is to be human.
Critique: Atheism is, in the broadest sense, an absence of belief in the existence of deities. Less
broadly, atheism is a rejection of the belief that any deities exist. In an even narrower sense,
atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. National polling suggest that the
percentage of the general populace of self-identified atheists in America is growing over the past
Critique: Inherently interesting, impressively informative, and effectively organized and
presented, "Seven Types of Atheism" is an exceptional and unreservedly recommended addition
to both community and academic library Contemporary Philosophy collections in general, and
Atheism supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students, academia, and
non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Seven Types of Atheism" is
also now available in a paperback edition (9781250234780, $16.00), in a digital book format
(Kindle, $10.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio,
9781978644175, $19.99, CD).
Editorial Note: John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including The Silence
of Animals, The Immortalization Commission, Black Mass, and Straw Dogs. A regular
contributor to The New York Review of Books, he has been a professor of politics at Oxford, a
visiting professor at Harvard and Yale, and a professor of European thought at the London
School of Economics.
The Cookbook Shelf
My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190
9780757323522, $26.95, PB, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Comprised of 130+ palate pleasing, gluten-free recipes that will help to reduce
inflammation and improve intestinal performance, "My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary
Cure" showcases microbiome friendly meals with a special Southern spin. This very special
culinary and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium offers a completely customizable
approach to adapt recipes for different dietary needs, whether gluten-free, Paleo, keto, or
Critique: Beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography, "My Pinewood Kitchen:
A Southern Culinary Cure" is an extraordinary and practical resource that will prove to be an
immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library
cookbook collections. It should be noted that "My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary
Cure" is also readily available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $19.99).
Editorial Note: Mee McCormick is a dedicated food maven, a community food advocate, a
restauranteur, a rancher, a mother, and the author of My Kitchen Cure: How I Cooked My Way
Out of Chronic Autoimmune Disease with Whole Foods and Healing Recipes. When Mee isn't
running her restaurant, Pinewood Kitchen & Mercantile, or working on her biodynamic farm
outside of Nashville, she is touring the country as a speaker and community kitchen organizer.
She has appeared on national and local TV, on radio and in print nationwide. She is a regular
on-air contributor to Today In Nashville and a vital part of the Nashville restaurant scene. She
maintains two websites: www.meemccormick.com and
The Easy Italian Cookbook
9781646115082, $16.99, PB, 164pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Fragrant basil, melty mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes, savory garlic -- Italian cooking
is all about selecting simple, high-quality ingredients that combine to create punches of complex
flavor. "The Easy Italian Cookbook" is everything authentic Italian cookbooks should be as it
showcasing 100 mouthwatering, easy-to-make recipes that use fresh, everyday ingredients that
can be found at most grocery stores.
From appetizers to pastas, pizzas, meats, and sweets, "The Easy Italian Cookbook" is showcases
weeknight-friendly recipes, as well as one-pot meals, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and
gluten-free recipes the whole family can enjoy.
"The Easy Italian Cookbook" includes: Pairing suggestions for recipes with flavors that
complement each other deliciously, like drinking an Aperol Spritz while munching on Clams
Oreganata; Italian essentials -- kitchen staples to have on hand, including anchovies, espresso,
extra-virgin olive oil, and more; Time-saving tips that provide helpful pointers for saving time on
many of the recipes, like making certain things in advance or using a stand mixer to knead
Critique: Impressively 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Easy Italian
Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes" is as fun to plan menus with as it is useful for
creating truly memorable Italian cuisine for all manner of family dining occasions. While highly
recommended for family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted for
personal and professional reading lists that "The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and
Authentic Recipes" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).
Editorial Note: Paulette Licitra is the author of Italian Cooking Party and has been teaching
Italian cooking since 2009. She completed her professional culinary studies with the Institute of
Culinary Education and has studied with home cooks and chefs all over Italy. Paulette maintains
a website at www.ChefPaulette.net.
The Psoriasis Diet Cookbook
Kellie Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP
9781646111541, $17.99, PB, 146pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal
skin. Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localized patches to complete body coverage. The
standard processed and refined American diet has been shown to contribute to and even
exacerbate symptoms of psoriasis.
Specifically created for anyone who is having to deal with this complex condition for themselves
or a loved one, "The Psoriasis Diet Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes to Soothe Your
Symptoms" by Kellie Blake is filled from cover to cover with simple, stress-free recipes like
Blueberry-Spinach Salad and Black Bean Burgers that allow the promotion of healthy skin
through palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, thematically relevant dishes.
Each individual recipe includes a label for quick reference, making menu selections and cooking
easier. "The Psoriasis Diet Cookbook" is based on maximizing whole, savory ingredients and
minimizing the intake of triggering foods to restore gut health and reduce irritation.
Critique: Beautifully illustrated, "The Psoriasis Diet Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes to Soothe
Your Symptoms" is comprised of thoroughly kitchen cook friendly recipes and is an excellent
resource for meal planning -- making it an ideal and especially recommended addition to
personal and community library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Psoriasis Diet
Cookbook: Easy, Healthy Recipes to Soothe Your Symptoms" is also readily available in a
digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Kellie Blake is a registered dietitian specializing in functional nutrition. In
addition to her work as a full-time psychiatric dietitian and her work with hospice patients, Kellie
co-owns a private practice, NutriSense Nutrition Consulting, LLX
(www.NutriSenseNutrition.com). Kellie has also used functional nutrition to reverse her own
autoimmune disease, and she is passionate about sharing the "food as medicine" message.
The Literary Studies Shelf
Writing Appalachia: An Anthology
Katherine Ledford & Theresa Lloyd, editors
The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508-4008
9780813178790, $50.00, HC, 776pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Despite the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding Appalachia, the region has
nurtured and inspired some of the nation's finest writers. Featuring dozens of authors born into or
adopted by the region over the past two centuries, Collaborative compiled and expertly co-edited
by the team of Katherine Ledford (who is Professor of Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State
University and co-editor of Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes) and Theresa
Lloyd (who is co-editor of the Literature Section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and a
Professor Emerita at East Tennessee State University), "Writing Appalachia: An Anthology"
showcases for the first time the nuances and contradictions that place Appalachia at the heart of
This comprehensive anthology covers an exceedingly diverse range of subjects, genres, and time
periods, beginning with early Native American oral traditions and concluding with
twenty-first-century writers such as Wendell Berry, bell hooks, Silas House, Barbara Kingsolver,
and Frank X Walker. Slave narratives, local color writing, folklore, work songs, modernist prose
- each piece explores unique Appalachian struggles, questions, and values.
The collection also celebrates the significant contributions of women, people of color, and
members of the LGBTQ community to the region's history and culture. Alongside Southern and
Central Appalachian voices, the anthology features northern authors and selections that reflect
the urban characteristics of the region. As one text gives way to the next, a more complete picture
of Appalachia emerges -- a literary landscape of contrasting visions and possibilities.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an eight page Bibliography and a four
page listing of the contributors and their credentials, "Writing Appalachia: An Anthology" is a
seminal work of outstanding literary scholarship and unreservedly recommended for community,
college, and university library American Literary & Criticism Studies collections in general, and
Appalachian Culture & Literature studies lists in particular. It should be noted for students,
academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Writing
Appalachia: An Anthology" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
A Writer of Our Time
20 Jay Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201-8346
9781786637420, $29.95, HC, 304pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: John Berger (5 November 1926 - 2 January 2017) was one of the most influential
thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, he won the Booker prize in 1972, donating
half his prize money to the Black Panthers. As a TV presenter, he changed the way we looked at
art with Ways of Seeing. As a storyteller and political activist, he defended the rights and dignity
of workers, migrants, and the oppressed around the world. "Far from dragging politics into art,"
he wrote in 1953, "art has dragged me into politics". He remained a revolutionary up to his death
in January 2017.
Built around a series of watersheds, at once personal and historical, "A Writer of Our Time: The
Life and Work of John Berger" by Joshua Sperling traces Berger's development from his roots as
a postwar art student and polemicist in the Cold War battles of 1950s London, through the heady
days of the 1960s (when the revolutions were not only political but sexual and artistic) to
Berger's re-invention as a rural storyteller and the long hangover that followed the rise and fall of
the New Left.
Drawing on first-hand, unpublished interviews and archival sources only recently made available,
author and biographer Sperling digs beneath the moments of controversy to reveal a figure of
remarkable complexity and resilience. The portrait that emerges is of a cultural innovator as
celebrated as he was often misunderstood, and a writer increasingly driven as much by what he
loved as by what he opposed. "A Writer of Our Time" brings the many faces of John Berger
together, repatriating one of our great minds to the intellectual dramas of his and our time.
Critique: An extraordinary and analytical biography of an extraordinary and influential life, "A
Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger" is an especially and unreservedly
recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Biography
collections in general, and John Berger supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should
be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers
with an interest in the subject that "A Writer of Our Time' is also readily available in a paperback
edition (9781786637437, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Joshua Sperling was born in New York City and grew up in California. His
writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Guernica, Film Quarterly, Jump Cut and Bullett
Magazine, among other publications. He received a PhD in Comparative Literature, Film and
Media from Yale University and currently teaches at Oberlin College.
The Psychology Shelf
Administrations of Lunacy
The New Press
120 Wall Street, floor 31, New York, NY 10005
9781620972977, $28.99, HC, 384pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Today, 90 percent of psychiatric beds are located in jails and prisons across the United
States, institutions that confine disproportionate numbers of African Americans. After more than
a decade of research, the celebrated scholar and activist Mab Segrest locates the deep historical
roots of this startling fact, turning her sights on a long-forgotten cauldron of racial ideology: the
state mental asylum system in which psychiatry was born and whose influences extend into our
In December 1841, the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum was founded. A
hundred years later, it had become the largest insane asylum in the world with over ten thousand
patients. Administrations of Lunacy tells the story of this iconic and infamous southern
institution, a history that was all but erased from popular memory and within the psychiatric
Through riveting accounts of historical characters, Professor Segrest reveals how modern
psychiatric practice was forged in the traumas of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim
Crow. Deftly connecting this history to the modern era, Professor Segrest then shows how a
single asylum helped set the stage for the eugenics theories of the twentieth century and the
persistent racial ideologies of our own times. She also traces the connections to today's dissident
psychiatric practices that offer sanity and create justice.
An informative volume of exceptional organized and impressively presented scholarship,
"Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the
Milledgeville Asylum" by Professor Segreat restores a vital thread between past and present,
revealing the tangled racial roots of psychiatry in America.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of forty-four pages of Notes and a nineteen
page Index, "Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the
Milledgeville Asylum" is a unique and extraordinary volume of meticulous and exhaustive
scholarship that is especially and unreservedly recommended for college and university library
Mental Health & African-American History collections and supplemental curriculum studies
lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest
in the subject that "Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry
at the Milledgeville Asylum" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.65)
and as a complete an unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781690562559, $22.99,
Editorial Note: A longtime activist in social justice movements and a past fellow at the National
Humanities Center, Mab Segrest is Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at
Connecticut College and the author of "Memoir of a Race Traitor" (The New Press).
Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy
W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110
9780393713732, $35.00, HC, 264pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A new model of therapeutic action, one that heals trauma and dissociation, is
overtaking the mental health field. It is not just trauma, but the dissociation of the self, that
causes emotional pain and difficulties in functioning. "Trauma and Dissociation Informed
Psychotherapy: Relational Healing and the Therapeutic Connection" by Elizabeth Howell
discusses how people are universally subject to trauma, what trauma is, and how to understand
and work with normative as well as extreme dissociation.
In this new model, the client and the practitioner are both traumatized and flawed human beings
who affect each other in the mutual process that promotes the healing of the psychotherapeutic
client. "Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy" explains the dissociative, relational,
and attachment reasons that people blame and punish themselves. She covers the difference
between repression and dissociation, and how Freud's exclusive focus on repression and the
one-person fantasy Oedipal model impeded recognition of the serious consequences of external
trauma, including child abuse. "Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy" also
synthesizes trauma/dissociation perspectives and addresses new structural models.
Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an informative Introduction, two pages of
Endnotes, a twenty-six page listing of References, and a seventeen page Index, "Trauma and
Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy: Relational Healing and the Therapeutic Connection" is an
extraordinary contribution to the growing library of contemporary psychotherapy literature and
should be considered an essential addition the supplemental studies lists for Medical
Neuropsychology and Psychopathology students and practitioners. It should be noted that
"Trauma and Dissociation Informed Psychotherapy" is also readily available in a digital book
format (Kindle, $16.05).
Editorial Note: Elizabeth Howell, PhD, teaches at several institutes and is on the Editorial Board
of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She has written three previous books on trauma,
dissociation, and attachment, and over thirty-five articles.
The Self-Help Shelf
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608686506, $15.95, PB, 208pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: As Billy Manas can attest, getting sober is easy compared to living sober. But if he can
do it, so can you, and with the publication of "Kickass Recovery: From Your First Year Clean to
the Life of Your Dreams" he is going to help you with nuts-and bolts suggestions for finding
financial, personal, and emotional well-being to live your own version of a kickass life. Billy's
techniques for getting there are simple yet profound -- tackling manageable goals, finding
inspiration (in whatever way works for you), asking for help (even when you don't want to),
practicing gratitude and meditation (even if you think they're silly), and steering clear of people
who rain on your parade. Straightforward and doable, these strategies build confidence and build
on each other until recovery means not just living but living better than ever.
Critique: Practical, realistic, thought-provoking, effective, as well as thoroughly 'user friendly' in
tone, commentary style, organization and presentation, "Kickass Recovery: From Your First Year
Clean to the Life of Your Dreams" is especially and unreservedly recommended for every
professional, health center, community, college and university library Self-Help/Self-
Improvement collection for recovering addicts. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of
recovering addicts that "Kickass Recovery: From Your First Year Clean to the Life of Your
Dreams" is also readily available in a digital book format (eTextbook, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Billy Manas is a columnist for Elephant Journal, a contributor to the Good Men
Project, a published poet, a truck driver, a father, and a twenty-year veteran singer-songwriter
who performs throughout the Hudson Valley. He frequently shares information and insights with
addicts at rehabs and jails.
The World History Shelf
The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History
Kal Wagenheim, Olga Wagenheim, Luis Fernandez
Markus Wiener Publishers
231 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
9781558766433, $28.95, PB, 426pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The updated and expanded edition of "The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History"
includes a combination of documents and articles that touch upon some of the most important
developments since 2006. Among those newly added historical elements include the financial
crisis that exploded in 2015 and its consequences, Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, the exodus
to Florida, and the peaceful revolt of 2019.
Critique: A classic standard for students of Puerto Rican history, "The Puerto Ricans: A
Documentary History" continues to be an ideal curriculum textbook and reference. Impressively
informative, expertly organized and presented, "The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History"
should be a part of every personal, community, college, and university library collection.
The Sports Shelf
Veloce Publishing Ltd.
9781787113169, $33.65, HC, 256pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Bob Guntrip discovered that motorcycles could send shivers down his back while he
was still in short pants, and has never really recovered. After more than 30 years editing and
contributing to sports magazines on three continents, he knows his love for motorcycle racing is
total and irreversible. He has on occasion sought cures in science journalism, lesser forms of
sport and even interior design; each has lasted no longer than the first bark of an Italian V-twin or
howl of a Japanese four to pass his office window. In 2015 Bob tried writing bikes out of his
system with his book Racing Line -- "Slow Burn: The Growth of Superbikes and Superbike
Racing 1970 to 1988" was the ultimate result.
"Slow Burn" tells how the superbike racing motorcycle developed out of the road-going
sports-tourer to become one of the most successful competitions in all forms of motorcycle sport.
As well as offering world championship class competition in its own right, superbike racing has
been a highly competitive training ground for grand prix riders as well as helping manufacturers,
distributors and dealers develop and improve their motorcycles.
Superbike racing is to the motorcycle industry what touring car or NASCAR competition is to
the car world - race on Sunday, sell on Monday. All the big names were drawn into the sport
during its formative years and have been there ever since - Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha,
Ducati and Aprilia have all used superbike racing to test their street bike designs. And some of
the biggest riders in the sport such Wayne Gardner, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz and Eddie
Lawson, all started out on big, unruly superbikes, learning how to power slide their way around
the world's toughest tracks. It's all in superbike -- and it's all in Slow Burn.
Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout with a combination of color and black/white photography,
"Slow Burn: The Growth of Superbikes and Superbike Racing 1970 to 1988" by Bob Guntrip is a
unique and impressively informative sports history. Expertly written, organized and presented,
"Slow Burn" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional,
community, college, and university library collections.
The Architecture Shelf
A Home of One's Own
Burcu Dogramaci & Andreas Schatzke
Edition Axel Menges
c/o National Book Network
4270 Boston Way, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
9783869050089, $79.00, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: When architects design a house for themselves, the often tense relationship between
clients and builders is usually absent. That is why in many such buildings the architect-designer's
artistic stance and political position, preferences and antipathies, temperament and character are
more pronounced than usual. Moreover the architectonic theories, debates and trends of an epoch
also leave their traces in them in a particular way.
Building for oneself has a special connotation under the conditions of migration and exile.
Among the most prominent examples showcased in "A Home of One's Own: Emigre Architects
and their Houses. 1920-1960" are the private homes of Rudolph Schindler in West Hollywood
(1922), Richard Neutra in Los Angeles (1932), Ernst May near Nairobi (1937), Walter Gropius
in Lincoln, Massachusetts (1938), Bruno Taut in Istanbul (1938), Erno Goldfinger in London
(1939), Josep Lluis Sert in Locust Valley, New York (1949), Max Cetto in Mexico City (1949),
and Marcel Breuer in New Canaan, Connecticut (1948 and 1951).
Critique: Nicely illustrated with black-and-white photography, "A Home of One's Own: Emigre
Architects and their Houses. 1920-1960" is a unique, coffee-table style volume that is an
inherently interesting and impressively informative compendium that will have a very special
appeal for architectural students and practicing architects alike. Exceptional in organization and
presentation, "A Home of One's Own: Emigre Architects and their Houses. 1920-1960" is
especially recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library
Architectural History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.
Editorial Note: Burcu Dogramaci teaches art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of
Munich. Her research focuses on exile and migration, and 20th-century and contemporary art and
architecture. Architectural historian Andreas Schatzke teaches at the Hochschule Wismar,
Germany. Among his key research areas are 20-century architecture and urban development, and
migration and cultural transfer in the field of architecture and the visual arts.
The Money/Finance Shelf
The Simple Life Guide to Financial Freedom
The Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99, Summertown, TN 38483
9781570673863, $14.95, PB, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The current economic disaster created by the CoronaVirus pandemic has exposed the
dire financial condition of a substantial percentage of the American populace that are only one
paycheck away from the streets. In the pages of "The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom:
Free Yourself from the Chains of Debt and Find Financial Peace", author and financial expert
Gary Collins exposes the consumer-driven US culture that traps everyday people beneath high
credit card balances with crippling interest rates. Through eye-opening, real-life examples and
figures, the reader will discover common money mistakes and fiduciary pitfalls designed to drain
your income. Using Collins's simple methods, anyone can restructure their spending habits to
create a purposeful, prosperous future for themselves and their families.
The Simple Life Guide To Financial Freedom" explains: Why average Americans fall far short of
their millionaire potential, and how you can avoid going down the same path; Simple tactics to
break free from the cycle of debt and make the most of your money; Proven strategies to achieve
the financial independence you need to follow your dreams. It also provides real-life success
stories to guide you down the path to stress-free fiscal security, along with condensed and clear
explanations of budgetary concepts, the perils of consumerism, and much, much more!
Critique: Expertly written, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The
Simple Life Guide to Financial Freedom: Free Yourself from the Chains of Debt and Find
Financial Peace" should be a part of every community, college, and university library
Money/Finance collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Simple Life
Guide to Financial Freedom" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle,
Editorial Note: Gary Collins has been involved with military intelligence, and he has been a
Special Agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He now lives off-the-grid
part of the year in a remote area of NE Washington State, and spends the rest of the year
exploring America in his travel trailer with his trusty black lab Barney. He maintains a web site
The Terrorism Studies Shelf
Beneath the Tamarind Tree
Dey Street Books
9780062686671, $27.99, HC, 400pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In the early morning of April 14, 2014, the militant Islamic group Boko Haram
violently burst into the small town of Chibok, Nigeria, and abducted 276 girls from their school
dorm rooms. From poor families, these girls were determined to make better lives for
themselves, but pursuing an education made them targets, resulting in one of the most
high-profile abductions in modern history. While the Chibok kidnapping made international
headlines, and prompted the #BringBackOurGirls movement, many unanswered questions
surrounding that fateful night remain about the girls' experiences in captivity, and where many of
them are today.
In "Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko
Haram ", author and journalist Isha Sesay tells this story as no one else can. Originally from
Sierra Leone, Sesay led CNN's Africa reporting for more than a decade, and she was on the front
lines when this story broke. With unprecedented access to a group of girls who made it home, she
follows the journeys of Priscilla, Saa, and Dorcas in an uplifting tale of sisterhood and
Sesay delves into the Nigerian government's inadequate response to the kidnapping, exposes the
hierarchy of how the news gets covered, and synthesizes crucial lessons about global national
security. She also reminds us of the personal sacrifice required of journalists to bring us the truth
at a time of growing mistrust of the media.
Critique: An extraordinary and detailed account, "Beneath the Tamarind Tree" is a significant
and expertly written, organized and presented history that is especially and unreservedly
recommended for both community and academic library Nigeria History collections in general,
and Human Rights Law supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for the
personal reading leading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an
interest in West African History that "Beneath the Tamarind Tree" is also readily available in a
paperback edition (9780062686619, $19.99), in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99), and as a
complete and unabridged audio book (Blackstone Audio, 9781982659240, $39.99, CD).
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