A Postmillennial Delhi, Neurobehavioral Disorders, Travel Essays, Community College Librarians, & More | Social Sciences Reviews

redstarDasgupta, Rana. Capital: The Eruption of Delhi. Penguin. May 2014. 496p. maps. notes. ISBN 9781594204470. $27.95. SOC SCI

CapitalIn this nonfiction debut, British Indian writer Dasgupta (winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book, Solo) turns his attention to a postmillennial Delhi, a city in the “vortex of change,” where he has been living for the last 13 years. Through both commentary and a series of lengthy profiles of Delhi residents in their own words, the author shows the transformation that has occurred in this century. Those portrayed range from a pioneer of business process outsourcing, the immensely rich and ambitious civil servants who bemoan the collusion between politics and big business, an ex-NGO (nongovernmental organization) employee working in a slum settlement, and an environmentalist who laments the present-day disregard for indigenous ways of water conservation. What emerges from these narratives is a grim picture of a city run by oligarchs and the “new black-money elite,” where success depends on “influence, assets, and connections.” VERDICT This book is highly recommended for anyone looking for background information on Delhi, as Dasgupta puts forth arguable theories about the city’s history and the Punjabi psyche. Still, the author’s account of the downside of the post-1991 free market economy and the pursuit of self-interest above all serves as a cautionary tale, doing for Delhi what Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City accomplished for Mumbai.—Ravi Shenoy, Naperville, IL

redstarKutscher, Martin L. with others. Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourette’s, Anxiety, and More! The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals. 2d ed. Jessica Kingsley. 2014. 304p. bibliog. ISBN 9781849059671. pap. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780857008824. PSYCH

Kids in the MixIn this updated edition, Kutscher (pediatrics, neurology, New York Medical Coll.; Organizing the Disorganized Child), with contributions from Tony Attwood (psychology, Griffith Univ., Queensland, Australia; Asperger’s Syndrome) and Robert R. Wolff (pediatrics, neurology, New York Medical Coll.), has provided a thorough guide for parents, teachers, and professionals working with children affected by one or more neurobehaviorial disorders in the mix discussed. Incorporating DSM-5 changes and other new developments, Kutscher’s first two chapters focus on general principles of diagnosis and treatment. The author concentrates on the role that parents, teachers, and professionals play, first in recognizing the signs and then in appropriately identifying and treating the syndromes, specifically by being aware of the occurrence of more than one syndrome presenting. While understanding the frustration that parents and teachers often feel when living and working with these children, Kutscher also creates an awareness and empathy for the difficulty children face when dealing with their own symptoms. Chapters about each of the specific syndromes, symptoms, causes, treatments, and how they may appear together follow. VERDICT Awareness of these syndromes and how they interact and affect one another is invaluable to parents, teachers, and physicians. This new edition is important for libraries with developmental disability sections and parenting collections.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Gardner, KS

redstarSpano, Susan. French Ghosts, Russian Nights, & American Outlaws: Souvenirs of a Professional Vagabond. Roaring Brook. May 2014. 260p. ISBN 9781938901249. pap. $15.95. TRAV

Opening this compilation of travel essays is accepting a ticket French Ghostsfor a wild ride along with the author. Spano, a former columnist for the New York Times and current writer for the Los Angeles Times, has traveled widely, and her essays easily sweep the reader up in her adventures. A section called “Unforgettable” highlights her most memorable travels, whether they were perfectly executed or full of surprises. “Footsteps” features trips on which Spano tracked such varied personages as Colette, Butch Cassidy, and Mao Zedong both geographically and historically. The final part, “Souvenirs,” reflects the author’s memories of journeys that affected her on some level. While the stories cover everything from attempting to learn Chinese in Beijing to a dangerous Powell Plateau camping trip with Spano’s brother to a freezing night spent in the Swedish Icehotel, each essay centers on discovery and relishing the experience. ­VERDICT An inspiring, vibrant look at the myriad ways travel can impact and enrich our lives. This book is recommended for those with the travel bug, even if it’s the armchair variety.—Katie ­Lawrence, Chicago

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Gordon, Meryl. The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark. Grand Central. May 2014. 320p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781455512645. $28. BIOG

Clark, Gregory. The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton Univ. (Economic History of the Western World). 2014. 368p. illus. maps. ISBN 9780691162546. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400851096. ECON

Konrath, Jill. Agile Selling: Get Up to Speed Quickly in Today’s Ever-Changing Sales World. Portfolio. Jun. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781591847250. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698155596. BUS

Pyle, Rod. Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success. McGraw-Hill. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780071829137. $30. BUS

Russell, James W. Social Insecurity: ­401­(k)s and the Retirement Crisis. Beacon. 2014. 224p. notes. ISBN 9780807012567. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780807012574. BUS

Zorea, Carlos & Dee Zorea. Manage It Right! Intrapreneurial Skills To Succeed in Any Organization. Zorea Consulting. 2014. 317p. ISBN 9780991392704. pap. $29.95. BUS


Riley, Naomi Schaefer. Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives Through Scholarships. Rowman & Littlefield. May 2014. 145p. photos. notes. ISBN 9781442226098. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781442226104. ED

Terhune, Tori Randolph & Betsy A. Hays. Life After College: 10 Steps To Build a Life You Love. Rowman & Littlefield. May 2014. 244p. ISBN 9781442225978. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781442225985. ED


Cleves, Rachel Hope. Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America. Oxford Univ. Jun. 2014. 336p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780199335428. $29.95. HIST

Dugard, Martin. The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success. S. & S. Jun. 2014. 288p. illus. index. ISBN 9781451677577. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451677591. HIST

Firearms: An Illustrated History. DK. 2014. 320p. illus. index. ISBN 9781465416056. $40. HIST

Mazzeo, Tilar J. The Hotel on Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris. Harper. 2014. 352p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780061791086. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062199232. HIST

Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan. The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe. Princeton Univ. 2014. 432p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780691160740. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781400851164. HIST

redstarPlokhy, Serhii. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union. Basic: Perseus. May 2014. 496p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780465056965. $29.99. HIST

Winch, Julie. Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War. Rowman & Littlefield. (African American History). 2014. 180p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780742551145. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780742551152. HIST

Law & Crime

Hortis, C. Alexander. The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York. Prometheus. May 2014. 390p. illus. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9781616149239. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616149246. CRIME

Zirin, James D. The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court. American Bar Assn. Jun. 2014. 332p. index. ISBN 9781627223225. $29.95. LAW

Political Science

Gopal, Anand. No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. Metropolitan: Holt. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780805091793. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781429945028. POL SCI

Lerner, Josh. Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics. MIT. 2014. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780262026871. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780262321525. POL SCI


Blair, Pamela D. Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement, and More. Hampton Roads. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781571747037. pap. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612833217. SELF-HELP

Social Science

Balay, Anne. Steel Closets: Voice of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers. Univ. of North Carolina. 2014. 192p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469614007. $34.95; ebk. ISBN 9781469614014. SOC SCI

redstarEimer, David. The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China. Bloomsbury. Jul. 2014. 336p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781620403631. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781620403648. SOC SCI

Travel & Geography

redstarCoburn, Jennifer. We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure. Sourcebooks. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781402288630. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781402288647. TRAV

Professional Media

Crumpton, Michael A. & Nora J. Bird. Handbook for Community College Librarians. Libraries Unlimited. 2013. 172p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610693455. $50; ebk. ISBN 9781610693462. PRO MEDIA

Handbook for Community College LibrariansWorks in library and information science (LIS) tend to focus on specific aspects of the profession, such as instruction, management, or public services, or often cover academic, public, or special librarianship as a whole. Community college librarians may be mentioned in such works but rarely are they the sole focus. Crumpton (assistant dean for administrative svcs.) and Bird (library and information studies; both, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro) each has extensive experience in the community college environment and have created a work that remedies the gap in the literature. The short chapters each focus on a different library task, such as reference, information literacy, or instructional design, or highlight topics such as budgeting, self-management, assessment, and diversity. Sections are well organized and grounded in recent research. As an added value, at the end of each chapter a “My Story” segment illustrates briefly the preceding concepts with personal reflection. VERDICT This work will serve as a very useful introduction for either new or aspiring community college librarians or as a text for an LIS course. The concise chapters, filled with both scholarship and practical advice, will help librarians better understand their environment.—Maria Bagshaw, ­Elgin Community Coll. Lib., IL

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