Archive for May, 2008

Human Body: a visual guide

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Beverly McMillian
In this visual guide to the human body, stunning images capture the reader’s interest from the outset. Advances in modern science and photography allow for the viewing of even small viruses. From a photograph of a dividing cervical cancer cell to an illustration of the microstructure of muscle fiber, the graphics take the reader through all of the body’s wonders, including senses, nerves, hormones, respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. Although the images dominate the book, there is an equal amount of text, written with both the casual reader and the science enthusiast in mind. Definitions of terms clarify things for those with limited background: “Hundreds of billions of nerve cells, called neurons, are the nervous system’s workhorses.” Further explanations offer technical details for those more advanced: “Produced commercially, monoclonal antibodies are made by B cells that are descended from a single parent cell.” As up-to-date as possible given such a rapidly changing field of knowledge, the book contains examples of various health concerns from the Asian tsunami to Hurricane Katrina. Included are discussions of gene therapy and the human genome project, as well as a fact file summarizing necessary information and two time lines, one detailing human development and one listing scientific discoveries. This book would be an outstanding reference for junior or senior high school libraries, appealing to any student interested in human biology. (Description from Call number: QP38 .M39 2006

Infertility for Dummies

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Sharon Perkins and Jackie Meyers-Thompson
Are you having problems becoming pregnant? You’re not alone; over 7.2 million Americans are facing the same challenges of infertility. Though some non-experts say that it’s all a matter of relaxation or taking medication, you need clear, straightforward, and trustworthy answers from healthcare professionals without feeling insulted, humiliated, or scared.

Written with compassion as well as professional knowledge, Infertility for Dummies combines comfort and expertise to walk you through your journey to becoming pregnant. This plain-English guide explains how infertility affects both men and women, while covering the latest treatments. It covers all key areas, including:

* Determining if you are infertile
* Maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner
* Making healthy pre-conception lifestyle changes
* Understanding the male and female anatomy
* Techniques for timing your conception
* Different ways to diagnose infertility
* Dealing with early pregnancy loss
* Finding the right doctor
* Different types of alternative insemination
* New advances and concerns in infertility
* Improving your chances of conceiving

Infertility for Dummies includes strategies for dealing with family and friends — what to expect from them, how to deal with inappropriate comments, and understanding that they are just trying to help. This book also provides the names and profiles of fertility medications and where you can find them. (Description from Call number: RC889 .M49 2007

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: a corporate fool’s guide to surviving with grace

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Gordon MacKenzie
Gordon MacKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, where he inspired his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit – to a mode of dreaming, daring, and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius. He teaches how to emerge from the “giant hairball” – that tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, and systems, based on what worked in the past and which can lead to mediocrity in the present. (Description from Call number: N6537 .M3136 A2 1998

Unstuck: a tool for you, your team, and your world

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Keith Yamashita and Sandra S. Pataro
Getting stuck is an integral part of business because the most ambitious and rewarding work is often the hardest to undertake. The challenge is knowing how to get unstuck. In this dynamic and pragmatic handbook, Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro share the insights, methods, stories, and best practices of the extraordinary leaders they have worked with at business giants such as IBM, Sony, Disney, HP, and Nike.

In immediately accessible terms, they identify the symptoms of being stuck, introduce readers to the Serious Seven states of “stuck”-from “Overwhelmed” to “Exhausted” to “Alone”-and offer dozens of in-the-moment tools, techniques, and examples to generate immediate ideas, whether you need to back up in order to move forward, motivate a struggling team, change your goals, or inspire yourself with a clearer picture of where you’re headed.

With a handy trim size, a vivid two-color interior, and memorable images that speak louder than words, Unstuck is a book for anyone who wants to get themselves or their team motivated and moving in the time it takes to fly from New York to D.C. Designed to be flipped through, read in chunks, and returned to again and again, Unstuck is an innovation in business literature. (Description from Call number: HD66 .Y36 2004

Assessment of Student Achievement

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Norman E. Gronlund
Gronlund (University of Illinois) offers a guide for testing and performance assessment. Although the book’s emphasis is on achievement assessment, assessment is viewed as an integral part of all phases of the instructional process. This eighth edition contains new chapters on content standards and assessment planning, and combines all material on performance assessment into one chapter. This edition also reflects the revised edition of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. (Description from Call number: LB2366.2 .G766 2006

Atlas of the Medieval World

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Rosamond McKitterick
McKitterick (early medieval history, Cambridge U., UK), who authored many of the entries in addition to editing the atlas, provides a broad view of the Middle Ages that eschews an exclusive focus on political developments and the western Christian arena to write instead on commerce, city planning and development, art and culture, and the lives and histories of diverse peoples in the eastern and western Christian, Muslim, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, and African worlds. Entries provide a history and definition of the event, group, or idea accompanied by highly detailed maps and frequent color plates of relevant works of art and architecture. A sampling of entries includes Byzantium 700-1000, Byzantine culture, the Abbasid caliphate, the Temple kingdoms in India, the Tang dynasty, Sung China, Africa 1000-1300, the Spanish reconquista, and commercial expansion in the later Middle Ages. This work was first published by Harper Collins in 2003 as The Times Medieval world. (Description from Call number: D117 .M35 2004

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Brian Fagan
From the tenth to the fifteenth centuries the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide—a preview of today’s global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty.

As he did in his bestselling The Little Ice Age, anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today—and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the “silent elephant in the room.” (Description from Call number: QC981.8 .G56 F34 2008

American Regional Cuisine

Friday, May 30, 2008

By Michael F. Nenes
This remarkable new edition of American Regional Cuisine celebrates the diversity, distinction, and delectable essences of American cooking–from New England Clam Chowder to Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue, from Floribbean Grouper with Black Bean, Jicama, and Corn Salsa to San Francisco Cioppino. This Second Edition features a wealth of fascinating history about each region, and more than forty color photographs showing cooking techniques and finished dishes.

American Regional Cuisine, Second Edition is both a goldmine of attention-getting recipes and a guidebook to the finest regional American cooking. It features over 250 savory and sweet recipes of the most popular and memorable dishes from eleven regional culinary traditions–including Cajun and Creole cuisine, Tex-Mex cuisine, and the cuisines of California and Hawaii. Organized by region, these recipes are drawn from every part of the menu, offering a range of complete meals for each culinary style.

Everyone from professional chefs and culinary students to serious home cooks will find that the clear, easy-to-follow instructions leave nothing to chance when preparing these mouthwatering recipes. (Description from Call number: TX715 .A50847 2007