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redstarFraser, Steve. The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power. Little, Brown. Feb. 2015. 480p. notes. index. ISBN 9780316185431. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316333740. ECON

ageofacquiescence011415In this comparative history, Fraser (Every Man a Speculator; Labor Will Rule) contrasts the Gilded Age with post–Great ­Recession America and wonders why there hasn’t been more protest against growing wealth disparity. The author explains how 19th-century industrialization caused immense social disruption. Resulting worker backlash, he writes, brought about the legislation and contractual agreements that both curbed capitalism’s excesses and created prosperity for most Americans by the 1950s. Fraser takes a dystopian view of the last few decades when he says the export of jobs and investment eviscerated American industry, collapsed cities, shortened life expectancy, and created downward social mobility. He ascribes the general acceptance of the current economic order to factors including the media, consumer culture, job competition, an erosion of worker rights, declining unions, and the fragmentation of the working class. VERDICT Fraser’s work shines as an angry but cogent denouncement of America’s growing wealth disparity. It is highly recommended to all readers as a complement to Thomas Piketty’s study of wealth inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. [See Prepub Alert, 8/11/14.]—­ Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA

redstarKing, Martin Luther, Jr. The Radical King. Beacon. Jan. 2015. 312p. ed. by Cornel West. notes. index. ISBN 9780807012826. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807012833. SOC SCI

radicalking011415With an introduction and 23 edited sermons, speeches, and writings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68), West (philosophy & Christian practice, Union Theological Seminary, NY; Prophesy Deliverance!) seeks to display and perpetuate King’s legacy by sharing his views and visions on radical love. This collection marches in contrast to the now-commonplace vision of King; often sanitized in quotes without context and propped to support colorless conciliation. West presents a portrait of King as a democratic socialist committed to human decency and dignity, a challenger of capitalism advocating for a better distribution of wealth, and a dissenting patriot fighting for peace and against colonialism, who beyond denouncing U.S. involvement in Vietnam, confronted America as a “nightmare” of “racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism.” The unanswered question throughout West’s latest work is whether the United States has the capacity to hear and heed the radical King. VERDICT This volume features a popularly referenced spiritual giant too seldom recognized in his true dimensions. Readers looking to discover the “real” Martin Luther King Jr., revolutionary Christianity, social justice, or the state of contemporary America will enjoy West’s provocative and pithy work as it calls on King to speak again about America, the world, and “where we go from here.”—Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe

redstarSimms, Brendan. The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo. Basic. Feb. 2015. 208p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465064823. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465039944. HIST

longestafternoon11415There are times when a relatively small number of men can make a difference. Napoleon’s armies routed Prussian forces before the critical battle of Waterloo (1815) but Prussian general Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher—in support of British solider Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington—refused to concede. Blücher rallied his troops and guided them back to battle. His return was the decisive moment in the final defeat of the French army. Before Blücher’s reappearance though, French pressure on the line of the Duke of Wellington threatened to overwhelm the Allies. That is, until the battle for farmhouse-compound La Haye Sainte where, in the middle of the battle line, 400 Hanoverians fended off repeated attacks from French troops for five hours, buying Blücher enough time to reengage and attack. It can be easy to forget that history started as telling stories and that good stories explain things, imposing order on and assigning significance to the chaos of contingent events. Simms (history, Cambridge Univ.; Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present) has done an admirable job of showing that stories do still count. VERDICT This thoroughly engrossing account will thrill all history lovers.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA

Lincoln’s Legacy

Fox, Richard Wightman. Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History. Norton. Feb. 2015. 416p. notes. index. ISBN 9780393065305. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393247244. HIST

Fox (history, Univ. of Southern California Dornsife; Reinhold Niebuhr: A Biography) offers a penetrating exposition of the hold that Abraham Lincoln still has on American history, our minds, and perhaps our future. What the author does in such a compelling and insightful manner is examine how Lincoln—considered by so many of his contemporaries (friend and foe alike) as “ugly,” “ungainly,” and beyond “homely”—becomes our emancipator, our liberator, our martyr, and, eventually (and most fundamentally) our symbol of nationhood. At the hands of Fox, we see Lincoln remembered and mostly revered (albeit at times reviled) in print, in memorial, in song, in statue, and in plays and films as the substantive, symbolic figure about whom proper understanding and appreciation is so crucial for defining where we’ve been, who we are, and where we’re headed. The quest for making sense of Lincoln is not quixotic; it’s a search for understanding ourselves, whether the issue is slavery or immigration. Fox convincingly asserts that Lincoln’s physicality, personality, private thoughts, and public rhetoric confront each generation with the daunting task of remembering Lincoln and renewing democracy. VERDICT Any student of Lincoln will find this a compelling read that enhances scholarship on the president.—Stephen Kent Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Coll., Nampa, ID

redstarMcGinty, Brian. Lincoln’s Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America. Liveright: Norton. Feb. 2015. 320p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780871407849. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780871407856. HIST

lincolnsgreatestcase011415Distinguished Lincoln scholar and lawyer McGinty (The Body of John Merryman: Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus) makes a powerful case that Lincoln’s involvement in arguing for the right of a railroad company to build a bridge over the Mississippi River, in the famous Effie Afton trial when a steamboat crashed into a bridge, reflected Lincoln’s commitment to the transportation revolution that was opening the American West and promising to bind the nation together. The eventual “victory” of the railroad over the steamboat shifted commerce to an east-west flow that directed American growth and secured the West for the North in sectional ties. With detailed descriptions of river and railroad traffic, commercial interests, law, courtroom strategies, and the sectional politics of transportation policy, McGinty provides valuable context unavailable anywhere else and a deep understanding of the dynamic and contested legal, commercial, and political world that informed Lincoln’s support for westward expansion and economic development, shaped his ideas on law, and honed his skills as a lawyer. VERDICT McGinty’s book gives us the best accounting of Lincoln, the lawyer, to date. Highly recommended. [For more on Lincoln see Randall Miller’s Collection Development feature, “Lincoln, 150 Years On,” LJ 1/15, p. 46.—Ed.]—Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph’s Univ., Philadelphia

Professional Media

redstarHennig, Nicole. Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology To Educate, Create, and Engage. Libraries Unlimited. 2014. 197p. ISBN 9781610695305. pap. $45; ebk. ISBN 9781610695312. PRO MEDIA

appsforlibrarians011415Hennig (Best Apps for Academics: A Guide to the Best Apps for Education and Research) compiles here a practical guide on mobile apps that hits the target audience of “librarians from all types of institutions.” This well-­organized, thorough list confidently navigates the cluttered world of mobile apps. Striking just the right conversational tone, Hennig fills all but a few of the 14 chapters with lists of apps organized by their library-related purpose (e.g., reading, content creation and curation, “Apps for Going Beyond the Library Catalog,” etc.)—explaining how each one might work in its corresponding library context. The entry for each app includes the developer, version, platform(s), and price followed by a description, the audience, an example of how the app is used (when applicable), and a list of similar products. Both iOS and Android apps are represented. Also extremely useful are the sections on app literacy and the accessibility features of Apple devices; suggestions for app programs, events, and instruction; and the step-by-step guide to reviewing such resources. VERDICT An essential reference tool for any librarian looking to stay relevant.—Paul Stenis, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA

McArdle, Megan M. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Blends. ALA Editions. 2014. 209p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838912560. pap. $55; ebk. ISBN 9780838912621. PRO MEDIA

Working with patrons who want to broaden their reading experiences? Or a way to escape a reading rut? Search no further. LJ columnist McArdle, author of the website ­genrify.com, has created a readers’ advisory (RA) text with a twist. This work presents seven basic genres: adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, and sf. In addition to the basic description of each category, McArdle expands beyond the basic RA guide by showing how librarians can assist patrons who want to expand their reading experiences. Readers comfortable with one genre can easily be led to a sampling of another. Chapters cover a specific genre and then show how each one can be blended into the others. For each mashup, McArdle provides a synopsis of several titles followed by two additional works to expand the experience further. Advice on how and when to suggest a blend adds to the usefulness of the text. The author also gives practical steps for promoting blends using the entire collection including media and nonfiction. VERDICT RA veterans will appreciate this approach to helping patrons stretch their reading muscles, while RA novices will wish more titles were included.—Lydia Olszak, Bosler Memorial Lib., Carlisle, PA

redstarMartin, Victoria. Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians. Libraries Unlimited. 2014. 189p. index. ISBN 9781610695206. pap. $75; ebk. ISBN 9781610695213. PRO MEDIA

From the title one might assume this book is simply another introduction to conducting online research. However, Martin (librarian; George Mason Univ.) provides an excellent introduction to and overview of eResearch, also known as “digital scholarship.” The book’s two parts, an overview of eResearch and what eResearch means for librarianship, address the benefits and opportunities that eResearch technologies and methodologies present, as well as the related challenges. Explained are the ways in which libraries have been changing and will need to change in order to remain relevant collaborators in terms of digital scholarship and knowledge production. Martin believes that the current challenge facing librarians is balancing both preservation of traditional roles and innovation, particularly in regard to resources and services. Also included is a comprehensive list of acronyms, a glossary, and suggested tools and readings for further exploration. VERDICT This book belongs in most academic libraries. Newcomers to the field will want to read it from cover to cover for a thorough introduction to eResearch, although the chapters can stand alone. This would make a great text for LIS students and is even appropriate for non-LIS professionals seeking a general overview of the topic.—Amanda Folk, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Greensburg

 

Custer’s Last stand

Hatch, Thom. The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer: The True Story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2015. 384p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250051028. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466851979. HIST

The Battle of the Little Big Horn, fought on June 25th and 26th, 1876, is one of the most decisive defeats ever suffered by the U.S. Army. The Seventh Cavalry saw more than 40 percent of its troops killed—including its flamboyant commander, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer—by a unified force of Cheyenne and Sioux warriors. Hatch (Osceola and the Great Seminole War) contends that, despite the outcome, Custer’s plan of attack in the battle was the work of a tactical genius and should have succeeded. In his view, Custer was one of the transcendent figures of his age whose brilliance was undercut by his subordinates. The hyperbole about Custer in this “true story” makes this mostly a one-sided account, especially since many of the sources utilized were produced by the Seventh Cavalry’s survivors and their sympathetic biographers. Given short shrift are the Sioux and Cheyenne narratives that paint a very different picture of the battle. VERDICT Readers should instead consider both Tim Lehman’s Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations and Uncovering History: Archaeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn by Douglas D. Scott.—John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY

Mort, Terry. Thieves’ Road: The Black Hills Betrayal and Custer’s Path to Little Bighorn. Prometheus. Feb. 2015. 340p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781616149604. $26.50; ebk. ISBN 9781616149611. HIST

thievesroad011415Historian Mort (The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars) turns his eye to Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s 1874 expedition through the Black Hills in present-day South Dakota and Wyoming. Unlike Ernest Grafe and Paul Horsted’s guidebook Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition, Mort concentrates on Custer’s gold-seeking mission on the Great Sioux Reservation; lands that had been formally protected by the Treaty of Fort Laramie as being closed to gold prospectors. However, Custer’s mission was a thinly veiled reconnaissance to find a suitable location for a new military fort. The author documents 19th-century American lust for the Black Hills as an encouraging factor in Custer’s personal quest, and how Custer’s reports of finding abundant gold served to turn public opinion further in his favor. Mort provides a legitimate historic viewpoint sympathetic to Native Americans, in which Custer is the spear point toward the Great Sioux War of 1876 (also called the Black Hills War) and its prominent action, the Battle of the Little Bighorn. VERDICT This highly readable and insightful work is recommended as an essential backstory to Custer’s subsequent downfall at the aforementioned battle.—Nathan Bender, Albany Cty. P.L., Laramie, WY

The War on Terror

Aggarwal, Neil Krishan. Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science, and Statecraft. Columbia Univ. Jan. 2015. 224p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780231166645. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780231538442. PSYCH

The War on Terror has affected many aspects of American life. Aggarwal, a psychiatrist at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, uses diverse scholarly and clinical sources and a disciplined methodology to explore its reciprocal effects on psychiatry. Discussions cover bioethical debates and controversies over the broadened use of psychiatry in medicolegal decision making and counter-terrorism activities. The author analyzes the legal processes and arguments used in five Guantanamo Bay mental evaluation cases. He also describes research using medical discourse analysis on three main topics: Arab and Muslim depictions, suicide bombers, and deradicalization programs. A final chapter summarizes his findings and argues for the greater use of multidisciplinary and cultural perspectives in biological and clinical research. Chapter notes and references, including his own academic writings, complete the work. The author provides a remarkable synthesis of ideas from a wide range of domains in the social sciences, psychiatry/psychology, and public policy. He also admirably demonstrates the value of textual analysis in studies of law and medicine and forensic psychiatry. VERDICT A relevant, rigorous, and distinct contribution to cultural psychiatry and allied fields. Motivated general readers will greatly increase their understanding of important contemporary issues beyond typical media portrayals, but this book is best suited to professional audiences.—Antoinette Brinkman, formerly with Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr. Lib., Evansville

Grenier, Robert L. 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary. S. & S. Jan. 2015. 464p. photos. index. ISBN 9781476712079. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781476712093. POL SCI

Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Islamabad Station Chief and Counterterrorism Center director Grenier explains the complicated events and circumstances surrounding the beginning of what would become the convoluted war in Afghanistan from his perspective as a covert agent in the Middle East from September 2001 through May 2002. In addition to an explanation of the forces at work during this period, the author includes two sections in which he describes the aftermath and far-reaching outcomes of his mission. Oscillating between tense diplomatic discussions (involving himself and warlords such as Gul Agha Sherzai) and gun battles, Grenier deftly describes the machinations at work that would someday lead to the conflict in Afghanistan. He pulls no punches in his summation of U.S. involvement in the area—there are actions he feels were necessary and successful, but he doesn’t hesitate to label others as ­overreaching, obstructionist, and even botched. More fascinating again is the human element at work—the role of personalities and how the fate of nations can be dependent on the moods, attitudes, and dedication of a few. VERDICT This eye-opening account of how things really “work” in the Middle East and in modern war will appeal to general readers and those interested in political science, war memoirs, contemporary battle accounts, American history, Middle Eastern politics, and books about spies/covert operations. Highly Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 9/29/14.]—Benjamin Brudner, Curry Coll. Lib., Milton, MA

redstarHickman, Joseph. Murder at Camp Delta: A Staff Sergeant’s Pursuit of the Truth About Guantánamo. S. & S. Jan. 2015. 256p. maps. index. ISBN 9781451650792. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451650815. POL SCI

murderatcampdelta011415Hickman, a former corrections officer and decorated soldier and marine, served in a Maryland National Guard unit at Camp Delta at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. While there, he was appalled by general racism, disorder, and prisoner mistreatment. On the night of June 9, 2006, three Arab prisoners supposedly committed suicide, but Hickman writes that he saw and heard things that caused him to doubt this. Was it just a mistake or were private contractors outside the command structure involved? When he returned to the United States, he contacted Seton Hall University professor Mark. P. Denbeaux, who looked into this incident with his students—they dissected the voluminous Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) report and found many discrepancies. Meanwhile, the government announced that they could not corroborate Hickman’s story. The author, angry about these injustices, believes the alleged actions harmed the country and were not representative of most of the people he met in the armed services. There is a useful map of the camp but no photographs, acronym list, organizational charts, or bibliography, which is a big gap. VERDICT Some readers will see this book as a traitorous attack on patriots protecting the United States from fanatics by any means, while others will view it as confirmation from a veteran that an out-of-control government and individuals went way beyond the law—and gained nothing but trouble from it. [See Prepub Alert, 8/11/14.]—Daniel Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

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Communications

Greenwald, Marilyn S. Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War. Potomac. Jan. 2015. 392p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781612346779. $34.95. COMM

Economics

redstarBissonnette, Zac. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute. Portfolio. Feb. 2015. 272p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9781591846024. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101606988. BUS

Broughton, Chad. Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities. Oxford Univ. Jan. 2015. 416p. photos. notes. ISBN 9780199765614. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780199335978. ECON

LeVine, Steve. The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery To Save the World. Viking. Feb. 2015. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780670025848. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698170247. BUS

Packard, Susan. New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace. Prentice Hall. Feb. 2015. 256p. bibliog. ISBN 9780735205376. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698154797. BUS

Education

Craig, Ryan. College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan. Mar. 2015. 256p. notes. ISBN 9781137279699. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781466879140. ED

History

Albracht, William & Marvin J. Wolf. Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate. NAL: Penguin. Feb. 2015. 384p. index. ISBN 9780451468086. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698144262. HIST

Dando-Collins, Stephen. Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII. Palgrave Macmillan. Feb. 2015. 272p. photos. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781137279637. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781466879157. HIST

Hay, Daisy. Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance. Farrar. Feb. 2015. 320p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780374270636. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374712921. HIST

Hoffman, Bruce. Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917–1947. Knopf. Feb. 2015. 640p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780307594716. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874660. HIST

Meyer, Michael. In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2015. 384p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781620402863. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781620402870. HIST

Parker, Matthew. Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born; Ian Fleming’s Jamaica. Pegasus. Mar. 2015. 400p. photos. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781605986869. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781605987477. HIST

Preston, Diana. A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed The Nature of Warfare. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2015. 352p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781620402122. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781620402139. HIST

Rhodes, Richard. Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made. S. & S. Feb. 2015. 304p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781451696219. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451696233. HIST

Russell, Jan Jarboe. The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II. Scribner. Jan. 2015. 400p. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781451693669. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451693683. HIST

Stewart, David O. Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America. S. & S. Feb. 2015. 432p. notes. index. ISBN 9781451688580. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451688603. HIST

Zamoyski, Adam. Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia and the Creation of the Modern State, 1789–1848. Basic. Feb. 2015. 544p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465039890. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780465060931. HIST

Law & Crime

Friedman, Daniel & Eugene Friedman. The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem. SquareOne. Feb. 2015. 336p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780757003486. $29.95. CRIME

redstarLeovy, Jill. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780385529983. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780385530002. CRIME

Pliley, Jessica R. Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI. Harvard Univ. 2014. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9780674368118. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780674745100. LAW

Schenwar, Maya. Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Berrett-Koehler. 2014. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9781626562691. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781626562714. LAW

Parapsychology

redstarNordhaus, Hannah. American Ghost: The True Story of a Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest. Harper. Mar. 2015. 336p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780062249210. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062249234. PARAPSYCH

Political Science

Barbosa, Rubens. The Washington Dissensus: A Privileged Observer’s Perspective on US–Brazil Relations. Vanderbilt Univ. 2014. 272p. tr. from Portuguese by Anthony Doyle. index. ISBN 9780826520111. $69.95; pap. ISBN 9780826520128. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780826520135. INT AFFAIRS

Cambanis, Thanassis. Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story. S. & S. Jan. 2015. 288p. index. ISBN 9781451658996. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451659016. POL SCI

Lee, Caroline W. Do-It-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry. Oxford Univ. Jan. 2015. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780199987269. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780199987283. POL SCI

Rubio, Marco. American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. Sentinel. Jan. 2015. 240p. notes. index. ISBN 9781595231130. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698176362. POL SCI

Psychology

Engel, Beverly. It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion. New Harbinger. Jan. 2015. 264p. bibliog. ISBN 9781626250994. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781626251014. SELF-HELP

Wexler, Arnie with Steve Jacobson. All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction. Central Recovery. 2014. 180p. ISBN 9781937612757. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612764. PSYCH

redstarYalom, Irvin D. Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy. Basic. Mar. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780465029648. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465040513. PSYCH

Social Science

Davis, Dona Lee. Twins Talk: What Twins Tell Us About Person, Self, and Society. Ohio Univ. Jan. 2015. 312p. photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780821421116. $80; pap. ISBN 9780821421123. $32.95; ebk. ISBN 9780821444993. SOC SCI

redstarGarrett, Greg.redstarEntertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination. Oxford Univ. Jan. 2015. 264p. notes. index. ISBN 9780199335909. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780199335923. SOC SCI

McQuaid, John. Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat. Scribner. Jan. 2015. 304p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781451685008. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451685022. SOC SCI

Poo, Ai-jen with Ariane Conrad. The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. New Pr. Feb. 2015. 240p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781620970386. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781620970461. SOC SCI

The Trouble with Post-Blackness. Columbia Univ. Feb. 2015. 304p. ed. by Houston A. Baker & K. Merinda Simmons. index. ISBN 9780231169349. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780231538503. SOC SCI

Travel & Geography

Miller, Anita. Tea & Antipathy: An American Family in Swinging London. Academy Chicago. Jan. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780897337434. pap. $19.95. TRAV

Podell, Albert. Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2015. 368p. photos. ISBN 9781250051981. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466852938. TRAV

Van Ells, Mark D. America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide. Interlink. 2014. 434p. illus. maps. bibliog. index.ISBN 9781566569750. pap. $20. TRAV

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