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Gertrude Bell of Arabia, Richard III, Tahrir Square 2011, Gaming Theory, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 15, 2015

redstarBell, Gertrude. A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert. Penguin Classics. Aug. 2015. 320p. ed. by Georgina Howell. maps. index. ISBN 9780143107378. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781101636954. AutobIOG

getrudebell62615A true Renaissance woman, Bell (1868–1926) was as involved in the formation of Iraq as T.E. Lawrence (Seven Pillars of Wisdom) but is surprisingly lesser known. The selected excerpts featured here are taken from Bell’s more than 16,000 letters and eight books, providing a fascinating glimpse at her larger-than-life personality. Editor Howell (Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations) divides the work into segments, each illustrating a particular field that Bell not only dabbled in but mastered. The chapters include letters and writings regarding her intrepid mountain climbing experiences (“The Mountaineer”), her mastery of multiple languages (“The Linguist”), and her various travels into the heart of Arabia (“The Desert Traveler”). The genius of this collection is letting Bell tell her story in her own words—just as her fiercely independent spirit would have wanted. Impossible to put down, the book reads a bit like a travelog, part humorous wit and part educational lecture, allowing the reader an in-depth look at the life of a true heroine and the time period she inhabited and conquered. VERDICT In light of the 2015 film Queen of the Desert based on Bell’s life, this timely and timeless compilation is a must-have for every library.—Stacy Shaw, Orange, CA

redstarJones, Michael K. Bosworth 1485: The Battle That Transformed England. Pegasus. Sept. 2015. 288p. illus. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781605988597. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781605988603. HIST

bosworth62615Jones (coauthor, The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III) presents a brilliant rethinking of Richard III of England (1452–85), whose reign ended at the bloody Battle of Bosworth, the decisive fight in the Wars of the Roses. Richard III, whose remains may have been found under a Leicester, England parking lot in 2012, is best known through the eponymous play by William Shakespeare. Here, Jones engages directly with the Shakespearean text to consider the postmortem mythologizing of Richard by the Tudor dynasty during Shakespeare’s lifetime. This account makes the Battle of Bosworth the hub of a wide-ranging discussion of Richard along with the York and Tudor clans, urging readers to consider not only Richard but his peers in light of contemporary mores rather than anachronistic modern ones. A highlight of the book is the author’s assemblage of the geography of the battlefield itself; Jones details previous theories and walks readers through his preferred construction. Full notes, a time line, maps, and an index are valuable adjuncts to the text. VERDICT Anyone interested in military history will appreciate this vivid and well-written reconsideration of a major military encounter, while those with an interest in the English monarchy will value this new light cast on a notably dim figure.—Hanna Clutterbuck, Harvard Univ. Lib., Cambridge, MA

redstarSteavenson, Wendell. Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution. Ecco: HarperCollins. Jul. 2015. 384p. photos. ISBN 9780062375254. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062375278. POL SCI

circlingthesquare62615The Arab Spring erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square where massive demonstrations began in January 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered to oppose the decades old authoritarian regime, hopeful for change, freedom, democracy, and a more just society. Journalist Steavenson (The Weight of a Mustard Seed), who has years of Middle Eastern experience, conveys the excitement, fears, and confusion of the crowds mobilizing for revolution without a plan or a coherent idea of what might come next. The author roams the square and the city, watching and listening, conducting numerous interviews with street youth as well as educated activists. All are exuberant when the aging President Hosni Mubarak is finally forced from office. Two years later, when the constitutionally elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi is arrested by the army, the revolution is over, but the hopes and determination of the Egyptian people for a better life may revive. Steavenson brings these scenes to life and conveys the aspirations and frustration of a nation crushed by poverty and powerlessness yet undaunted in its dream of a better society. VERDICT A moving, empathetic portrayal of a central movement of our time: the brave Egyptian people’s attempt to end repression without the tools or the leaders to succeed.—Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL

professional media

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. ACRL. 2015. 312p. ed. by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy & others. ISBN 9780838987674. pap. $68; ebk. ISBN 9780838987698. PRO MEDIA

What is digital humanities (DH)? This question has been asked many times over, and definitions abound, but is it the question we should be asking? In order to understand DH, we have to experience it for ourselves. Editors Hartsell-Gundy (head, humanities section and librarian for literature and theater studies, Duke Univ.), Laura Braunstein (digital humanities and English librarian, Dartmouth Coll.) and Liorah Golomb (humanities librarian, Univ. of Oklahoma) give examples of DH work from academic institutions across the country. DH is different from humanities even aside from the “digital” part: it’s crossdisciplinary and not solitary but based in communities of practice. Examples of DH work include text encoding, text mining, metadata creation, and preservation, to name but a few. This book focuses primarily on humanities subject librarians new to DH and how they came to understand this field of work, but DH isn’t just for the humanities anymore. One chapter shows how sciences and social sciences librarians can use transferable skills to get involved in promoting and supporting DH. DH is a “disrupter” in academic libraries but also might be the institutions’ savior. ­VERDICT Highly recommended for all subject librarians, and any librarian who does outreach.—Jill Morningstar, Michigan State Univ. Libs., East Lansing

Gorman, Michael. Our Enduring Values Revisited: Librarianship in an Ever-Changing World. ALA Editions. 2015. 256p. index. ISBN 9780838913000. pap. $45. PRO MEDIA

This book is for anyone who has questioned their decision to become a librarian, been asked why anyone should follow the career, or if libraries are still relevant. Former American Library Association (ALA) president Gorman (former dean of library services, California State Univ., Fresno; Our Enduring Values) addresses core reasons why libraries and librarians exist and why they will continue to be vital in maintaining the human record and combating the erosion of rational discourse. The values the author discusses transcend library type, making this text as relevant to children’s librarians as it is to academic library administrators. The title’s “enduring” is fitting because it reminds librarians to keep seemingly constant change in perspective and appreciate how much has stayed the same over time. Even as advancements in technology increase access to a vast amount of information, nothing replaces the work of librarians or the physical collections of libraries. While many libraries are actively telling their individual stories to secure funding and community support, Gorman’s book paints a larger picture that will make librarians feel proud of their profession. VERDICT Librarians at any stage of their career will appreciate the perspective provided about librarianship of the past, present, and future.—Kendra Auberry, Indian River State Coll. Lib., Port St. Lucie, FL

redstarSherman, Scott. Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight To Save a Public Library. Melville House. Jun. 2015. 224p. notes. index. ISBN 9781612194295. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612194301. PRO MEDIA

patienceandfortitude62615For over a century, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has been considered a cultural mecca, with its iconic lion statues “Patience” and “Fortitude” welcoming tourists, scholars, writers, new immigrants, and its fellow New Yorkers. As Sherman (contributing writer, The Nation) details in this real-life thriller, the historic research center and its branches recently faced an uncertain future in light of financial struggles and misguided good intentions. NYPL officials and trustees formulated a plan to renovate the central library by transporting three million research books to a storage facility in New Jersey in order to make room for Internet and technology labs. To raise money for the project, they also wanted to sell several rundown branches. When the public heard about the plan, they fought to keep the renowned research library intact and save the branches from closing. Famous authors, scholars, and library lovers built a grassroots campaign, which ultimately succeeded, in support of these vital neighborhood centers. VERDICT This cautionary tale is of interest to library professionals, MLS/MLIS students, bibliophiles, and citizens who want to preserve the civic and cultural life of their community.—Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL

Gaming theory

Clune, Michael W. Gamelife: A Memoir. Farrar. Sept. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780865478282. $25. MEMOIR

Clune (English, Case Western Reserve Univ.; White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin) recalls a childhood in a rather unique way: by reflecting on the lessons he learned growing up in the suburbs of Illinois through the lens of seven computer games that came to be associated with important events in his early life. This is an extremely well-written retrospective, and while Clune views his childhood with nostalgia, at the same time he acknowledges negative (and ongoing) feelings of confusion, fear, and discomfort he experienced as an adolescent. To that end, the author succeeds in not only sharing poignant memories but also confronting the rose-tinted glasses we tend to wear when discussing the past. Clune’s latest is highly recommended for adults whose childhood has been influenced by gaming, as it will cause them to explore their relationship with escapism. Teens with similar interests may also find enlightenment among Clune’s words. VERDICT This strong memoir delves into a topic that will resonate with increasingly more people as gaming becomes a mainstream hobby.—Lewis ­Parsons, Sawyer Free Lib., Gloucester, MA

redstarThe State of Play: Sixteen Voices on Video Games. Seven Stories. Sept. 2015. 192p. ed. by Daniel Goldberg & Linus Larsson. ISBN 9781609806392. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781609806408. GAMES

stateofplay62615Editors Goldberg and Larsson (coauthors, Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game That Changed Everything) gather a series of daring personal essays on the current state of video game culture and the industry it came from. The essayists are both game lovers and game creators. They’re deeply involved in the video game industry and they care greatly about video games as art, representing the most significant voices in the controversies currently rocking the fault lines of the video game landscape. Standout essays by Anna Anthropy and Zoe Quinn demonstrate how creating games can be cathartic while highlighting the extreme prejudices and online harassment that marginalized creators face from their peers. Their essays and others paint an alarming but timely picture in the aftermath of the Gamergate controversy, which concerns sexism in video game culture. Additional pieces unpack issues such as violence, faith, class, and more as they relate to games. All of the contributors balance darkness with uplifting accounts of how games have improved their lives. VERDICT A ground­breaking anthology that all video game players should read and ponder.—Paul Stenis, ­Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA

redstarHeineman, David S. Thinking About Video Games: Interviews with the Experts. Indiana Univ. Aug. 2015. 270p. notes. index. ISBN 9780253017109. $25; pap. ISBN 9780253017154. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780253017185. GAMES

Heineman (coauthor, Rhetoric Online) offers a series of interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders in the video game industry such as Atari, Inc. founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Eugene Jarvis. Each discussion covers a lot of ground, including the early history of gaming and the need for documenting it; the economics of gaming past, present, and future; and recent issues surrounding race, gender, and sexuality in gaming and the broader culture. By touching on an array of topics the author succeeds in painting a vivid picture without going too in-depth on any given subject. Before each conversation Heineman thoroughly introduces the topic and the interviewee, providing context for those unfamiliar with the industry, specifically its jargon and issues. Certain interviewees are less eloquent than others, and the exchanges can suffer as a result. Overall, the tone is academic in nature, with terms such as game studies being common. VERDICT This worthwhile read is for any gamer, or for anyone interested in this cultural phenomenon; it will make you think critically about video games.—Lewis Parsons, Sawyer Free Lib., Gloucester, MA

Stanton, Richard. A Brief History of Video Games. Running Pr. Jul. 2015. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780762456154. pap. GAMES

briefhistoryofvideogames62615In his debut book, gaming journalist Stanton displays encyclopedic knowledge of video game history and, most important, relish for the games themselves. Sidestepping gaming’s sociocultural impact—a topic belabored by countless other writers—Stanton focuses on how the games emerged, showing how solitary geniuses, corporate empires, and technological and conceptual developments shaped how games are experienced in all their dazzling variety. Gaming’s saga runs the gamut from the first blips and bloops on a monitor—made by a scientist who helped build the nuclear bomb—to cabinet arcade pastimes (Pac-Man, for example) open worlds (Legend of Zelda), builders (SimCity) shooters (Doom), glorious illusions of freedom (Grand Theft Auto) and many others. Built into Stanton’s work is the understanding that gaming’s popularity comes from its sense of play, through liberating and empowering participants to explore, discover, interact, fail, try again, leap, run, shoot, and ultimately fly. The history threatens to devolve into a parade of worthies, but beautiful screen captures and witty writing spare readers this frustration. VERDICT Gamers will enjoy this book as will people wondering what all the excitement is about.—Michael Rodriguez, Hodges Univ. Lib., Naples, FL

Witwer, Michael. Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons. Bloomsbury USA. Oct. 2015. 320p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781632862792. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781632862044. BIOG

A business-proposal writer by day, Witwer’s first book is a nimble, greatly dramatized biography of Gary Gygax (1938–2008) who created the legendary fantasy roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) in 1974. As his biographer notes, Gygax crafted fantasy worlds that offer outlets from mainstream society and have shape geek culture, inspired massively multiplayer online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft, and spawned demonstrably false allegations linking D&D to suicide and devil worship. Witwer reveals Gygax as an autocratic artist who concentrated on his game designs and commercial interests, often at the cost of his health, relationships, and finances. The author keeps things interesting by inventing melodramatic conversations, recounting tales of his subject’s childhood years in a haunted house, and spotlighting his guest-star appearance alongside former vice president Al Gore on the hit TV show Futurama. Witwer cleverly sorts the narrative into “levels” rather than chapters; each level opens with a D&D–style scene that both foreshadows and entertains. VERDICT Niche audiences will appreciate the life story of D&D’s iconic creator but readers without prior interest may wish for greater substance behind the gorgeous dust jacket.—Michael Rodriguez, Hodges Univ. Lib., Naples, FL

Lost legacies

Gabis, Rita. A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, a Search for the Truth. Bloomsbury USA. Sept. 2015. 464p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781632862617. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781620401293. MEMOIR

Gabis (The Wild Field) has a personal connection to the Holocaust: her Lithuanian grandfather, a Nazi collaborator, may have participated in war crimes. This revelation is especially troubling for Gabis as her other grandparents were Ashkenazi Jews. The author’s memoir is a journey of discovery, taking her from interviews with Lithuanian relatives—many of whom seek to forget the past—to the halls of the U.S. Justice Department’s Nazi War Crimes division, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and as far as Lithuania and Jerusalem. Along the way, Gabis confronts not only her family’s demons but many of her own, including memories of abuse by a male relative and the struggle to reconcile the grandfather she knew with his Nazi collaboration. The book features an impressive amount of archival research, and the author often tries to engage the ethical issues that sit at the heart of the Shoah. Yet her narrative seems more about the travails of her experience rather than the historical events she investigates. VERDICT There are few dramatic revelations for specialists, and general readers may have trouble keeping track of the myriad characters. However, this thoughtful account is recommended for general audiences.—Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati Clermont Coll.

Goodman, Simon. The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family’s Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis. Scribner. Aug. 2015. 352p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781451697636. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451697650. MEMOIR

orpheusclock62615Music executive ­Goodman believed that his father, Bernard, was the quintessential British gentleman, always “wearing a jacket and tie, or at least a cravat.” When Bernard passed away, Goodman and his brother Nick inherited files revealing that their father was born Bernhard Guttman, the primary heir of a prominent German banking family. Since the end of World War II, Bernard had been on a quest to recover the family’s extensive art collection, plundered by the Nazis as Jewish property. Taking up the search, the brothers learn about the heartbreaking family history that obsessed their father, and in the process recover numerous treasures from the Guttman collection as well as reconcile with scattered Guttman relatives. As in Anne-Marie O’Connor’s The Lady in Gold, many government officials, museum directors, and art collectors callously or duplicitously overlook suspect provenance to enhance their collections. Others are touchingly honorable when confronted with the legacy of the Holocaust. VERDICT Goodman’s absorbing debut will appeal to readers with an interest in the business of art collecting, the cultural heritage of Western Europe, family histories, the work of the Monuments Men, and those who enjoyed The Lady in Gold, or its film version, Woman in Gold.—Laurie Unger Skinner, Coll. of Lake Cty., Waukegan, IL

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Biography

Broers, Michael. Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny. Pegasus. Oct. 2015. 608p. illus. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781605988726. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781605988733. BIOG

Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. S. & S. Jul. 2015. 256p. photos. index. ISBN 9781501115639. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501115653. MEMOIR

Hamby, Alonzo L. Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century. Basic. Sept. 2015. 512p. notes. index. ISBN 9780465028603. $35; 9ebk. ISBN 9780465061679. BIOG

redstarHaygood, Wil. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 416p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780307957191. $32.50; ebk. ISBN 9780385353168. BIOG

Keret, Etgar. The Seven Good Years. Riverhead. Jun. 2015. 192p. ISBN 9781594633263. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698166004. MEMOIR

McLynn, Frank. Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy. Da Capo. Jul. 2015. 704p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780306823954. $32.50; ebk. ISBN 9780306823961. BIOG

Economics

Clay, Alexa & Kyra Maya Phillips. The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters, and other Informal Entrepreneurs. S. & S. Jun. 2015. 256p. notes. index. ISBN 9781451688825. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451688849. BUS

Hurd, Holly. Venture Mom: From Idea to Income in Just 12 Weeks. AMACOM. Aug. 2015. 256p. index. ISBN 9780814436387. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9780814436394. BUS

Roth, Alvin E. Who Gets What—and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design. Eamon Dolan: Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2015. 272p. notes. index. ISBN 9780544291133. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544288393. ECON

Roth, Bernard. The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life. Harper Business. Jul. 2015. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780062356109. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062356123. BUS

Sowell, Thomas. Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective. Basic. Sept. 2015. 312p. notes. index. ISBN 9780465082933. $28.99. ECON

Education

Rizga, Kristina. Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried To Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph. Nation: Perseus. Aug. 2015. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9781568584959. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781568584621. ED

Wertheimer, Linda K. Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance. Beacon. Aug. 2015. 240p. notes. ISBN 9780807086162. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807086179. ED

History

Flanders, Judith. The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 368p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781250067357. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466875487. HIST

Heyrman, Christine Leigh. American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam. Hill & Wang: Farrar. Sept. 2015. 352p. notes. index. ISBN 9780809023981. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780809023998. HIST

Hudson, Angela Pulley. Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians. Univ. of North Carolina. Sept. 2015. 272p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469624433. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781469624440. HIST

Karnad, Raghu. The Farthest Field: A Story of India’s Second World War. Norton. Aug. 2015. 240p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393248098. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393248104. HIST

Koloski-Ostrow, Ann Olga. The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: Toilets, Sewers, and Water Systems. Univ. of North Carolina. (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome). 2015. 312p. photos. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469621289. $69.95; ebk. ISBN 9781469621296. Hist

Makos, Adam. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice. Ballantine. Oct. 2015. 464p. photos. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780804176583. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780804176590. HIST

redstarService, Robert. The End of the Cold War: 1985–1991. PublicAffairs. Oct. 2015. 656p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610394994. $35. ebook available. HIST

Trogdon, Jo Ann. The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark. Univ. of Missouri. Jun. 2015. 496p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780826220493. $36.95. HIST

Vine, David. Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. Metropolitan: Holt. Aug. 2015. 432p. photos. maps. notes. index. ISBN 9781627791694. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781627791700. HIST

Law & Crime

After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. 2015. 320p. ed. by Ronald Goldfarb. notes. ISBN 9781250067609. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466876057. LAW

Diamant, Jeff. Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft. Sourcebooks. Aug. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781492625162. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492625179. CRIME

National Assn. of the Deaf. Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. 6th ed. Gallaudet Univ. Jun. 2015. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9781563686443. pap. $34.95; ebk. ISBN 9781563686450. LAW

McDermid, Val. Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime. Grove. Jul. 2015. 320p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780802123916. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802191052. CRIME

Political Science

Day, Michael. Being Berlusconi: The Rise & Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga. Palgrave Macmillan. Jul. 2015. 288p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781137280046. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781466878884. POL SCI

Gessen, Masha. The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy. Riverhead. 2015. 288p. maps. bibliog. ISBN 9781594632648. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698148703. POL SCI

Jones, Owen. The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It. Melville House. 2015. 384p. notes. index. ISBN 9781612194875. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612194882. POL SCI

redstarSchrank, Delphine. The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma. Nation: Perseus. Jul. 2015. 352p. maps. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781568584980. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781568584850. POL SCI

Swaim, Barton. The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics. S. & S. Jul. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9781476769929. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476769967. POL SCI

Psychology

Dahl, Linda. Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: A Guidebook for Parents. Central Recovery. Jun. 2015. 180p. notes. ISBN 9781937612856. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612863. PSYCH

Hills, Rachel. The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality. S. & S. Aug. 2015. 288p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781451685787. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781451685800. PSYCH

Lewis, Marc. The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease. PublicAffairs. Jul. 2015. 256p. notes. ISBN 9781610394376. $26.99. PSYCH

Proctor, Bob. The ABCs of Success: The Essential Principles from America’s Greatest Prosperity Teacher. Tarcher. Jun. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780399175183. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698197053. SELF-HELP

Usher, David. Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything. House of Anansi. 2015. 256p. photos. ISBN 9781770898684. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781770898691. self-help

Travel & Geography

Green, Allison. The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan’s America. Ooligan Pr. Jun. 2015. 180p. notes. ISBN 9781932010770. pap. $15.95. TRAV

Theroux, Paul (text) & Steve McCurry (photos). Deep South. Eamon Dolan: Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780544323520. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780544323537. TRAV

Townsend, Chris. Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Sandstone. 2015. 196p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781908737731. pap. $32; ebk. ISBN 9781910124581. TRAV

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