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Clever Girl

by Tessa Hadley

Like Alice Munro and Colm Tóibín, Tessa Hadley possesses the remarkable ability to transform the mundane into the sublime--an eye for the beauty, innocence, and irony of ordinary lives that elevates domestic fiction to literary art. In Clever Girl, she offers the indelible story of one woman's life, unfolded in a series of beautifully sculpted episodes that illuminate an era, moving from the 1960s to today.Written with the celebrated precision, intensity, and complexity that have marked her previous works, Clever Girl is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life, witnessed through the experiences of an Englishwoman named Stella. Unfolding in a series of snapshots, Tessa Hadley's involving and moving novel follows Stella from childhood, growing up with her single mother in a Bristol bedsit, into the murky waters of middle age.It is a story vivid in its immediacy and rich in drama--violent deaths, failed affairs, broken dreams, missed chances. Yet it is Hadley's observations of everyday life, her keen skill at capturing the ways men and women think and feel and relate to one another, that dazzles, pressing us to exclaim with each page, Yes, this is how it is.

A Less Perfect Union

by Adam Freedman

The Constitution's stated purpose is to create "a more perfect union." but what if our union has become too perfect? what if our national government has become too powerful? what if our states are losing the very rights and freedoms that made our country what it is?"States' rights" has become a dirty phrase in American politics. Over the past few decades, especially since the civil rights movement, liberals have been amazingly successful in painting states' rights as a smoke screen for racist repression. It is a convenient way to demonize small government conservatives and tar them with the brush of segregation.Yet as Adam Freedman reveals in this surprising and essential book, states' rights has been an honorable tradition--a necessary component of constitutional government and a protector of American freedoms since the birth of our nation. In fact, states' rights has historically been the rallying cry for just about every cause progressives hold dear: the abolition of slavery, union rights, workplace safety, social welfare entitlements, and opposition to war.In A Less Perfect Union, Adam Freedman provides an illuminating history of states' rights, from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War and the New Deal to today. He reveals how hard the Founders fought to keep power in the hands of the states, the surprising role of states' rights as a weapon against slavery, and the federal government's eventual abandonment of all constitutional limitations on the scope of its power. Surveying the latest developments in Congress and the state capitals, he finds a growing sympathy for states' rights on both sides of the aisle, as the federal government usurps more and more control.But Freedman goes further, boldly arguing that a return to states' rights is the only way to check the tyranny of federal overreach, take power out of the hands of the special interests and crony capitalists in Washington, and realize the Founders' vision of freedom. With concrete policy proposals, A Less Perfect Union lays out an achievable vision of a nation in which states are free to address the health, safety, and economic well-being of their citizens without federal coercion and crippling red tape.As states' rights issues continue to drive the national conversation as we approach 2016 and beyond, A Less Perfect Union is essential reading for anyone frustrated by the federal government's daily infringement of the quintessentially American right of local self-government.

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

by Kristen Green

In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use in their all-white classrooms. Meanwhile, black parents had few options: keep their kids at home, move across county lines, or send them to live with relatives in other states. For five years, the schools remained closed.Kristen Green, a longtime newspaper reporter, grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which didn't admit black students until 1986. In her journey to uncover what happened in her hometown before she was born, Green tells the stories of families divided by the school closures and of 1,700 black children denied an education. As she peels back the layers of this haunting period in our nation's past, her own family's role--no less complex and painful--comes to light.At once gripping, enlightening, and deeply moving, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today, and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.

Lessons of Hope

by Joel Klein

New York Times Bestseller (Education)The Economist Best Books of the Year SelectionIn this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city's dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring blueprint for national reform.In 2002 New York City's newly elected mayor, Michael Bloomberg, made a historic announcement: his administration had won control of the city's school system in a first step toward reversing its precipitous decline. In a controversial move, he appointed Joel Klein, an accomplished lawyer from outside the education establishment, to lead this ambitious campaign.Lessons of Hope is Klein's inside account of his eight-year mission of improvement: demanding accountability, eliminating political favoritism, and battling a powerful teachers union that seemed determined to protect a status quo that didn't work for kids. Klein's initiatives resulted in more school choice, higher graduation rates, and improved test scores. The New York City model is now seen as a national standard for meaningful school reform. But the journey was not easy. Klein faced resistance and conflict at every turn.Lessons of Hope lays bare the problems plaguing public education and shows how they can be solved. At its core lies Klein's personal story: his humble upbringing in Brooklyn and Queens, and the key role that outstanding public school teachers played in nurturing his success. Engaging and illuminating, Lessons of Hope is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American public education.

Hard to Let Go

by Laura Kaye

Five dishonored soldiers.Former Special Forces.One last mission.These are the men of Hard Ink.Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet--a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers' Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up--and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger's gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he's also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat's brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett's sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies' crosshairs. Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

When the Cypress Whispers

by Yvette Manessis Corporon

On a beautiful Greek island, myths, magic, and a colorful cast of mortals come together in a lushly atmospheric debut celebrating the powerful bond between an American woman and her Greek grandmother.The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne has been brought up to believe in the American dream. When her husband dies in a car accident, leaving her with an inconsolable baby and stacks of bills, she channels everything she has into opening her own Greek restaurant. Now an acclaimed chef and restaurateur, she has also found a second chance at love with her wealthy, handsome fiancé. Although American by birth, Daphne spent many blissful childhood summers on the magical Greek island of Erikousa, which her grandmother still calls home. At her Yia-yia's side, she discovered her passion for cooking and absorbed the vibrant rhythms of island life, infused with ancient myths and legends lovingly passed down through generations. Somehow her beloved grandmother could always read her deepest thoughts, and despite the miles between them Daphne knows Yia-yia is the one person who can look beyond Daphne's storybook life of seeming perfection to help her stay grounded. With her wedding day fast approaching, Daphne returns to Erikousa and to Yia-yia's embrace.The past and the present beautifully entwine in this glorious, heartfelt story about a woman trapped between the siren call of old-world traditions and the demands of a modern career and relationship. When Daphne arrives on Erikousa with her daughter, Evie, in tow, nothing is the way she recalls it, and she worries that her elderly Yia-yia is losing her grip on reality. But as the two of them spend time together on the magical island once again, her grandmother opens up to share remarkable memories of her life there--including moving stories of bravery and loyalty in the face of death during World War II--and Daphne remembers why she returned. Yia-yia has more than one lesson to teach her: that security is not the same as love, that her life can be filled with meaning again, and that the most important magic to believe in is the magic of herself.

Fodor's Northern California 2014

by Fodor's

Northern California is filled with rugged redwood forests, pristine stretches of Pacific Coastline, and towering mountains. But it also has more than its share of creature comforts, from Napa Valley's wineries and spas to San Francisco's destination restaurants and exclusive boutiques. Packed with in-depth insider information, illustrated cultural features, and spectacular photography, Fodor's Northern California 2014 ebook edition shows the best the region has to offer. Competitive Advantage: The only annually updated guidebook to Northern California. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Northern California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.Northern California is filled with rugged redwood forests, pristine stretches of Pacific Coastline, and towering mountains. But it also has more than its share of creature comforts, from Napa Valley's wineries and spas to San Francisco's destination restaurants and exclusive boutiques. Packed with in-depth insider information, illustrated cultural features, and spectacular photography, Fodor's Northern California 2014 shows the best the region has to offer.

Fodor's England 2013

by Fodor's

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries. Expanded Coverage: England is always polishing its treasures, and this edition includes fresh city and country restaurant and hotel picks, along with newly popular sights such as Highclere Castle, which stands in for Downton Abbey in the Masterpiece Classic series. London's hot hotel and restaurant scenes get attention too, with best bets for different price categories and experiences. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Creating a great trip to England and Wales is easy using Top Attractions and Great Itineraries. Convenient overviews show each region and its highlights, and detail-rich chapter planning sections have on-target advice and tips for planning your time and for getting around the country by car, bus, and train.

Fodor's Southern California 2013

by Fodor's

Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, movie-star glamour...there are so many reasons to visit Southern California that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. Fodor's Southern California 2013 takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect SoCal experiences--from picking the perfect Santa Barbara bistro to finding the best studio tour in Hollywood. This guide is filled with advice and tips from our team of local writers, making it as indispensable as a tube of SPF 30.Competitive Advantage: The only annually updated guidebook to Southern California.Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Southern California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts' hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their California stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.

Fodor's Spain 2012

by Fodor's

Get inspired and plan your next trip with Fodor's ebook travel guide to Spain (including Madrid, Toledo, Galicia and Asturias, Bilbao and the Basque Country, the Pyrenees, Barcelona, Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia, and Costa del Sol).Intelligent Planning: Discover all of the essential, up-to-date travel insights you expect in a Fodor's guide, including Fodor's Choice dining and lodging, top experiences and attractions, and detailed planning advice. Easy Navigation for E-Readers: Whether you're reading this ebook from start to finish or jumping from chapter to chapter as you develop your itinerary, Fodor's makes it easy to find the information you need with a single touch. In addition to a traditional main table of contents for the ebook, each chapter opens with its own table of contents, making it easy to browse. Full-Color Photos and Maps: It's hard not to fall in love with Spain as you flip through a vivid full-color photo album. Explore the layout of city centers and popular neighborhoods with easy-to-read full-color maps. Plus get an overview of Spanish geography with the convenient atlas at the end of the ebook.What's Covered? Get to Know Spain: Madrid's boundless energy makes sights and sounds larger than life. The city's museums comprise one of the world's greatest repositories of Western art, the cafés in the Plaza Mayor and wine bars in Cava Baja buzz, and nightlife stretches into the wee hours around Plaza Santa Ana. Sunday's crowded flea market in El Rasto is thick with overpriced oddities. From Madrid there are several important excursions, notably Toledo, as well as Segovia and Salamanca. The Basque region is a country within a country, proud of its language and culture as well as its coastline along the Bay of Biscay. Cut by some 23 deep north-south valleys on the Spanish side alone, the Pyrenees has a wealth of areas to explore and a dozen highland cultures and languages to match.The bewitching provinces of Galicia and Asturias lie in Spain's northwest. These rugged Atlantic regions are a corner of Spain so remote it was once called finis terrae (the end of the earth). Galicia is famous for Santiago de Compostela and Asturias for its verdant hills, sandy beaches, and massive Picos de Europa mountain range.A cultural connection with France and the rest of Europe define Catalonia. Valencia's signature dish, paella, fortifies visitors touring the city's medieval masterpieces and exuberant modern architecture. The Costa Blanca has party-'til-dawn resort towns as well as small villages where time seems suspended in the last century. The Rambla, in the heart of the Barcelona, is packed day and night with strollers, artists, street entertainers, vendors, and vamps. The city's startling architectural landmarks include Antoni Gaudí's sinuous Casa Milà and unique Sagrada Familia church.The Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca, and Formentera) offer something for everyone. From a summer playground for all-night clubbers in Ibiza and pristine rugged mountain beauty in Majorca to pastoral Formentera and serene Minorca. Highlights of the eight provinces of Andalusia, include the haunting Mezquita of Córdoba, Granada's romantic Alhambra, and seductive Seville. The Costa del Sol and Costa del Almeria are especially seductive to northern Europeans eager for a break from the cold, and vast holiday resorts sprawl along much of the coast.Note: This ebook edition is adapted from Fodor's Spain 2011 but differs in some content. Additionally, the ebook edition includes photographs and maps that will appear on black-and-white devices but are optimized for devices that support full-color images

Fodor's South Florida 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of South Florida, including Miami's Art Deco District, Key West's Mallory Square, and Fort Lauderdale's lively beaches. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Palm Beach to the Florida Keys PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on snorkeling and the Everglades VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trips, helpful tips on getting there and around, and much more helps travelers choose their perfect Florida trip. Each city or regional chapter opens with four pages that include a map, "Top Reasons to Go," and other essential information to help visitors plan time and vacation details effectively. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's South Florida offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast, Key West and the Florida Keys, and the Everglades. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Arizona, including awe-inspiring canyons and deserts, stellar spas and golf courses, and Native American culture. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from national parks to Sedona PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on stargazing and outdoor adventures VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your tripelp travelers choose activities based on their interests. Spotlights highlight spas, Phoenix-area golf, visiting Native American reservations, the Wild West, and Tucson "south of the border" cuisine. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: This book has a pull-out map covering the whole state as well as Phoenix and the Grand Canyon in more detail. Restaurant and hotel "Best Bets" sections plus "Dining and Lodging" atlases in Phoenix and Tucson make locating a hotel or meal simple. A "Top Picks" chart for Grand Canyon hiking trails helps travelers choose a hike based on length, grade, trail conditions, time of year, and level of difficulty. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2015 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest National Park, Monument Valley, Yuma, the Hoover Dam, Flagstaff, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Las Vegas 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Las Vegas, including top resorts and casinos, nightclubs and restaurants, and excursions to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the Strip to Downtown PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on the pool scene and the best buffets VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your tripnd the most dazzling pools or discover a journey down the Colorado River. Other features such as Best Buffets and Signature Vegas provide insider tips on dining and shopping. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Vegas' top resorts are broken down at a glance, complete with floor-plan maps that locate the best restaurants, clubs, and shops. Best-bets charts for hotels and restaurants help travelers quickly decide where to eat, stay, and play. Travel advice on regional scenic wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam give information for planning a spectacular side trip. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Las Vegas 2015 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Washington, D.C. 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Washington, D.C., including world-famous monuments, amazing museums, trendy shops, and tempting restaurants. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from the White House to Georgetown PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on the Mall and the Capitol VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip super-useful sections, such as "D.C With Kids," "Free in D.C.," and "Top Attractions." Chapters on "Museums," "Monuments and Memorials," and "Official Washington" cover the top sights. Each neighborhood section opens with a "Top Reasons to Go" map, supported by other essential information designed to help in planning and scheduling visits to attractions; some neighborhoods have walks as well. All this, plus exhaustively detailed chapters on "Nightlife," the "Performing Arts," "Sports," "Shopping," and "Side Trips," makes it easy for readers to custom-plan an exciting vacation. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Washington, D.C. 2015 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's California 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of California, including San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma, Palm Springs, and Yosemite National Park. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Hollywood to Big Sur PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on coastal drives, wine, and Lake Tahoe VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip technique, and describes how grapes are grown, harvested, and pressed. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: More than 90 colorful maps guide travelers around the state, plus a pull-out map provides an overview in addition to San Francisco and Los Angeles detail maps. "Top Attractions" and "Top Experiences" help readers choose activities based on their interests, while "Best Bets" for dining and lodging in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco help them find the next great meal or hotel. For outdoorsy types, the handy Tahoe ski resort chart is great for picking the best slope. In addition, dedicated national parks chapters include planning tips and highlights. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. INCLUDES: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, Napa and Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Ireland 2015

by Fodor's

Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Ireland, including Dublin's elegant architecture, the West's dramatic landscapes, and Northern Ireland's revitalized capital, Belfast. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Temple Bar to the Ring of Kerry PERFECT HOTELS for every budget BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes GORGEOUS FEATURES on traditional music and literary Dublin VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your triph a country-wide pull-out map that also covers the city of Dublin. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Ireland 2015 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. INCLUDES: Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast, the Aran Islands, the Ring of Kerry, Connemara, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Saving Evangeline

by Nancee Cain

Evangeline is the town pariah. Everyone knows she's crazy and responsible for the death of her last boyfriend. Even her mother left her and moved cross-country. Lonely and desperate, Evie decides to end her life. Rogue angel Remiel longs to return to earth. There's just one problem. He tends to invite trouble and hasn't been back since Woodstock. The Boss sends him to save Evangeline, but there's a catch. He can't reveal his angelic nature and must complete the task as Father Remiel Blackson. Forced together on a cross-country trip, a forbidden romance ignites and love unfolds. A host of heavenly messengers try to intervene, but Remiel and Evangeline are headed on a collision course to disaster. Will his love save her, or will they both be lost forever?

What the Living Do: Poems

by Marie Howe

"A deeply beautiful book, with the fierce galloping pace of a great novel."--Liz Rosenberg Boston Globe Informed by the death of a beloved brother, here are the stories of childhood, its thicket of sex and sorrow and joy, boys and girls growing into men and women, stories of a brother who in his dying could teach how to be most alive. What the Living Do reflects "a new form of confessional poetry, one shared to some degree by other women poets such as Sharon Olds and Jane Kenyon. Unlike the earlier confessional poetry of Plath, Lowell, Sexton et al., Howe's writing is not so much a moan or a shriek as a song. It is a genuinely feminine form . . . a poetry of intimacy, witness, honesty, and relation" (Boston Globe).

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (The Global Century Series)

by J. R. McNeill

"Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."--Washington Post Book World The history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part. Based on exhaustive research, McNeill's story--a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and shrewd analysis--never preaches: it is our definitive account. This is a volume in The Global Century Series (general editor, Paul Kennedy).

Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

by Daniel J. Siegel Bessel van der Kolk Clare Pain Pat Ogden Kekuni Minton

The body, for a host of reasons, has been left out of the "talking cure." Psychotherapists who have been trained in models of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, or cognitive therapeutic approaches are skilled at listening to the language and affect of the client. They track the clients' associations, fantasies, and signs of psychic conflict, distress, and defenses. Yet while the majority of therapists are trained to notice the appearance and even the movements of the client's body, thoughtful engagement with the client's embodied experience has remained peripheral to traditional therapeutic interventions. Trauma and the Body is a detailed review of research in neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, and attachment theory that points to the need for an integrative mind-body approach to trauma. The premise of this book is that, by adding body-oriented interventions to their repertoire, traditionally trained therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their clinical work. Sensorimotor psychotherapy is an approach that builds on traditional psychotherapeutic understanding but includes the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, using observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. By synthesizing bottom-up and top down interventions, the authors combine the best of both worlds to help chronically traumatized clients find resolution and meaning in their lives and develop a new, somatically integrated sense of self. Topics addressed include: Cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor dimensions of information processing * modulating arousal * dyadic regulation and the body * the orienting response * defensive subsystems * adaptation and action systems * treatment principles * skills for working with the body in present time * developing somatic resources for stabilization * processing

A Therapist's Guide to EMDR: Tools and Techniques for Successful Treatment

by Laurel Parnell

A Therapist's Guide to EMDR reviews the theoretical basis for EMDR and presents new information on the neurobiology of trauma. It provides a detailed explanation of the procedural steps along with helpful suggestions and modifications. Areas essential to successful utilization of EMDR are emphasized. These include: case conceptualization; preparation for EMDR trauma processing, including resource development and installation; target development; methods for unblocking blocked processing, including the creative use of interweaves; and session closure. Case examples are used throughout to illustrate concepts. The emphasis in this book is on clinical usefulness, not research. This book goes into the therapy room with clinicians who actually use EMDR, and shows readers how to do it in practice, not just in theory. In short, this is the new, practical book on EMDR.

Therapist as Life Coach: An Introduction for Counselors and Other Helping Professionals (Revised and Expanded)

by Patrick Williams Deborah C. Davis

In 2006, U.S. News and World Report listed coaching as one of the 10 top growing professions. The first edition of Therapist as Life Coach, published in 2002, anticipated this trend, and since its publication it has become a standard for therapists who wish to transition or expand their practices into life coaching. Pat Williams and Deborah C. Davis have finally revised their classic practice-building book for today's therapists and future coaches. Every chapter in this second edition has been updated and rewritten, reflecting the growth of the coaching field and its increasing appeal to not only therapists, but all helping professionals. The book begins by exploring the history of the coaching movement and shows how society is hungry for life coaches. The second part of the book explains in detail the differences and similarities between coaching and therapy, discusses the coaching relationship, and considers some of the skills therapists will need to learn and unlearn in order to reclaim their joyfulness about their work. Professional transition tools such as developing and marketing your practice and honing your coaching skills are discussed at length in Part Three. The final section moves beyond basic life coaching to introduce coaching specialties such as corporate coaching, offers self-care strategies for life coaches, and peeks into the future of life coaching. There is new material throughout, including an overview of recent coaching developments, updated liability concerns, new business opportunities, and a new section on the research about coaching. Coaching gives practitioners the opportunity to break free of managed care and excessive reliance on the insurance industry and to work with a wide range of clients--specifically, those who are not suffering from mental illness but, rather, seeking to maximize their life potential. This book will help you enter this lucrative and personally enriching world with the skills and knowledge you need to build a successful coaching practice.

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

by Mary S. Lovell

"The best account yet available of this shrewd, enigmatic and remarkable woman."--Sunday Times [London] From the author of The Sisters, a chronicle of the most brutal, turbulent, and exuberant period of England's history. Bess Hardwick, the fifth daughter of an impoverished Derbyshire nobleman, did not have an auspicious start in life. Widowed at sixteen, she nonetheless outlived four monarchs, married three more times, built the great house at Chatsworth, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in English history. In 1527 England was in the throes of violent political upheaval as Henry VIII severed all links with Rome. His daughter, Queen Mary, was even more capricious and bloody, only to be followed by the indomitable and ruthless Gloriana, Elizabeth I. It could not have been more hazardous a period for an ambitious woman; by the time Bess's first child was six, three of her illustrious godparents had been beheaded. Using journals, letters, inventories, and account books, Mary S. Lovell tells the passionate, colorful story of an astonishingly accomplished woman, among whose descendants are counted the dukes of Devonshire, Rutland, and Portland, and, on the American side, Katharine Hepburn.

How to Build an Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters

by Norbert E. Yankielun Amelia Bauer

How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it's been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear? How can you determine if the fresh snow that's fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter fun or protection from the weather? In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Norbert E. Yankielun, a seasoned cold-regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures--from the most basic to the more complex. Whether you're a veteran backcountry skier or a backyard builder, this is one book you won't want to be without.

Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets

by John Mcmillan

Clear, insightful, and nondogmatic, this book gives us a new appreciation for one of our most ubiquitous institutions. From the wild swings of the stock market to the online auctions of eBay to the unexpected twists of the world's post-Communist economies, markets have suddenly become quite visible. We now have occasion to ask, "What makes these institutions work? How important are they? How can we improve them?" Taking us on a lively tour of a world we once took for granted, John McMillan offers examples ranging from a camel trading fair in India to the $20 million per day Aalsmeer flower market in the Netherlands to the global trade in AIDS drugs. Eschewing ideology, he shows us that markets are neither magical nor immoral. Rather, they are powerful if imperfect tools, the best we've found for improving our living standards. A New York Times Notable Book.

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